Pensioner (82) cheats death in her own lounge

Jane Wright outside the house in Malten Lane, Whaplode. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG121012-114TW
Jane Wright outside the house in Malten Lane, Whaplode. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG121012-114TW
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A car that rocked a house in Whaplode as it scraped along the side of it stopped only inches away from an elderly woman in an armchair.

Phyllis Viney, of Malten Lane, escaped with her life but was left shocked and stunned after hearing a loud bang outside the window near where she was sitting.

Mrs Viney (82), who had been in a conservatory extension that had recently been built and converted into a lounge, said: “All I heard was something like furniture flying about and then I looked outside and saw the car the other side of my window.

“It really upset me – I’m still in shock.”

The crash happened at 11pm on Thursday night, when her son, Steve, and grandson, Charley Wright, were watching the last few minutes of a science fiction thriller about a battle to save the human race.

Charley, who was 22 on Friday, said: “It scared the hell out of me. I thought it was aliens on the surround sound at first.”

Steve (53)said: “We thought something had bashed the window. The ornaments on the mantelpiece had gone flying and the birds in the cage nearly had a heart attack.

“The car only had to go another metre and it would have gone through the conservatory and run my mum over.

“I went outside and saw a car in the side of the house. A teenage girl was trapped and we called the police, fire brigade and ambulance. She had to be cut free and looked in a bad way.”

His wife Jane (50) was upstairs at the time.

She said: “I was asleep.

“But about an hour-and-a-half earlier there were some cars racing about and I thought I heard a bang somewhere in the distance then. My son says there are always cars racing up and down here.

“If it hadn’t been for the concrete post in front of my mother-in-law’s window that stopped the car she could have been killed.”

Her husband is a painter and decorator and had recently been renovating the property, which the family has been living in for 16 years.

A surveyor has been called to examine the structural damage to the building, but cracks are visible along the ceiling around the fireplace, as well damage as to the wall of the house outside and the fence.

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