‘Just like a scene from Thunderbirds’

A firefighter looks at the damage caused by a car that hit a house in Carrington Drive, Hop Pole, near Deeping St Nicholas.
A firefighter looks at the damage caused by a car that hit a house in Carrington Drive, Hop Pole, near Deeping St Nicholas.
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A road near Deeping St Nicholas became “a scene from Thunderbirds” after a car flew through the air and crashed into a house.

People in Carrington Drive, Hop Pole, watched in horror after a silver Vauxhall Corsa left the A1175 Littleworth Drove and smashed into a house at about 4pm on Wednesday.

Miraculously, a 26-year-old man from Market Deeping driving the Corsa escaped with broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder which are being treated at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.

A Hop Pole resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I was out at the time and for some unknown reason I decided to park up somewhere before coming home, otherwise I might have been part of it.

“When I got back about ten minutes after the crash, fire crews were shoring up the house with equipment used for earthquake victims.

“It was just like a scene from Thunderbirds and my initial thoughts were ‘I hope it’s not the wife or my neighbours.’ I realised the fence had gone and there was a great big hole in the house.”

Cedric Jordan (78), of Carrington Drive, said: “I was sat down having a drink with my wife when we heard this bang.

“We have problems here with cars being driven fast but I can’t remember anything like this happening here for a long time.

“It’s terrible but it’s just one of those things that has changed about the world.”

For some, the crash brought back memories of two fatal crashes on the same stretch of road and both involving former students at the Deepings School.

Richard Gherardi (17), of Spalding, died after a Toyota Yaris he was driving collided with a bus shelter in May 2006.

And ex-British Tae Kwon Do champion Katie Shields was killed when her Vauxhall Corsa was hit by a Grand Cherokee Jeep just yards from her home in April 2007.

The driver of the Jeep, Charles Dobney of Surfleet, was jailed for two years in June 2008 after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving when evidence emerged that he had been driving at more than 70mph in a 50mph speed limit area.

Graham Roberts (58), of Littleworth Drove, said: “My family moved here four years ago and we regularly hear cars going by that must be speeding.

“If you stand by the road for ten minutes, you’ll be amazed by the speeds that drivers going past you are doing.

“There have been several accidents here because it’s a straight road and there are fences at the front of the houses here that are made like crash barriers to absorb the impact from cars crashing.

“One of the firefighters asked ‘how could this kind of crash happen on a straight road?’ and, in my opinion, it must be speeding.”