Lucky escape as car crashes down 15ft bank
A social worker had a remarkable escape when a car plummeted 15 feet over a grassy bank, flipped on its side and ended up just inches from where he was sitting.
This picture shows the tangled wreckage of the horrific incident which left the 80-year-old driver trapped in the car, at Bradninch, near Exeter.
It happened at around 10.30am when the woman was driving down the steep Hornbeam Gardens. It appears the vehicle, a small hatch back with automatic gears, failed to take a right hand bend, crashed up a grassy bank, smashed through a hedge of trees and then plummeted down into Culver Close.
It ended up on its side, wedged tightly between a low brick wall and the house next to the window of a studio where John Davies, 47, was sitting at his computer.
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Mr Davies' partner Justine Alecho said: "I was at work when I got a call from John to say there had been an accident. I was scared stiff but he was all right.
"The car was upside down and seems to have just shot through the hedge into the house."
She added: Another few feet and it could have so very different."
Mrs Alecho, who is also a social worker, said she understood the driver was a local woman who lived nearby.
Police confirmed a car driven by an elderly woman came off the road, drove through a garden and collided with the home.
One fire appliance from Cullompton, a fire appliance from Danes Castle Exeter and the heavy rescue vehicle from Middlemoor Exeter attended. The woman was cut free and taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by ambulance. Police said the woman did not receive serious injuries in the incident.