Davidstow home owner awoken by car hitting house
A WOMAN whose home was hit by a car has said it felt as though the house had been hit by lightning.
Care worker Jenny Brown, 62, was asleep after a night shift at 3pm on Saturday when her home at Nettings Park, Davidstow, off the A39, was struck by a Mercedes C180 saloon.
The car went on to the verge 100 yards from the house and demolished a road sign, a telegraph pole and a double-glazed porch which collapsed on top of it.
The two men in the car, from Bude, were taken to Derriford Hospital at Plymouth where it was found one had sustained a fractured wrist.
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Mrs Brown said she was awoken by a tremendous crash and a "slithering sound.
"My first reaction was that we'd been hit by lightning, with slates flying off the roof."
She rushed to the front door, which she had great difficulty opening because the frame had been twisted by the impact.
"When I opened it I saw a car just a foot in front of me.
"I stood there, still in my dressing gown and slippers, wondering what had happened. The two men had got out of the car and were not badly hurt. The older man, in his seventies, was in shock and the younger one was calling the emergency services.
"If the porch hadn't stopped the car it would have gone through the wall, into the house. If I'd been in the porch answering the door to a caller there would have been a tragedy."
Mrs Brown said the accident had come on top of a lot of other stress and worry.
Her husband was in hospital at Derriford, and as well as trying to get some sleep after a night shift she also had to drive to visit him.
That afternoon a friend had made the journey, otherwise another car would have been outside the house.
She was also left without a landline telephone, as the destruction of the telegraph pole had ripped up the underground cables.
Paramedics and firefighters from Delabole were called to the scene.
Mrs Brown said a similar accident occurred shortly after they moved into the house 19 years ago.
"Again, it was a man from Bude. He swerved to avoid my cat but ran over it and killed it, then hit the porch."