Video: Lucky escape as car careers across Broad Oak gardens

A couple had a miracle escape when a car careered off the road and through their front garden, damaging their plants and a wall.

Don Thompson, of Burwash Road in Broad Oak, near Heathfield, said he was inside his house when he heard an ‘enormous bang’ at around 3.30pm on Sunday (June 15).

A collapsed wall in Broad Oak

A collapsed wall in Broad Oak

He went to the window where he saw a trail of destruction after a car left the road and squashed his plants, damaged a garden wall, and smashed through four more gardens before coming to a stop.

Two cars which had been parked in neighbouring driveways were also damaged.

Don said it was a miracle no-one was injured in the incident as people could have been out enjoying their gardens at the time.

Don, who has lived in the road for 40 years, said: “The car drove into our garden and went out the other side and drove across our neighbours’ garden and then three more front gardens.

“It destroyed a wall. It also destroyed a shubbery in my garden.

“I am quite upset about it all.

“The garden is my pride and joy.

“It was a miracle that everybody had come in and that no-one was hurt.

“I was sat inside reading the Sunday papers. There was an enormous bang and then it was over.

“I looked out of the window and then I rushed to the front door.

“I could not believe the devastation.

“It is a very busy road but the driver was not speeding.

“I have campaigned for the road to be made a 30mph limit. At the moment it is 40.

“I had done a lot of work in the garden.

“It is the pride and joy of my life.

“That shubbery, I had put a lot of hard work into, and it is very upsetting.

“The neighbours’ back wall is down.

“The car came to a stop about five houses along, us being the first house.

“I believe the driver was also OK and not injured.

“We don’t know what we will do about our garden now, it is a matter for the insurance company.”

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “There was a very slight injury to the passenger in the car from the seatbelt. The 67-year-old driver was not injured.

“Three cars, one moving and two stationary were damaged in the incident. The two stationary cars were parked in their driveways.”