Car crashes through three back gardens

Destruction after a car drives off Lower Burgh Way and ends up in a garden of The Cedars, Chorley
Destruction after a car drives off Lower Burgh Way and ends up in a garden of The Cedars, Chorley

This was the scene of destruction after a car smashed through three gardens and into a family’s conservatory in Chorley.

The white Seat Ibiza travelled 50 yards from Lower Burgh Way into the gardens at the back of The Cedars, at around 3.30am on Saturday.

The car was still in the garden when the Guardian visited the scene on Monday, but residents were still getting over the shock.

Mum-of-one Jo Hodson, 37, said: “There are children living in all three of these houses, and it doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened if they were playing out.

“It’s lucky it happened during the night; it crashed right through the concrete slabs holding up the fences.

“I think it came off the road and landed in my garden, before skidding into next door’s conservatory.”

There are two fences and open space between the gardens and Lower Burgh Way, and Jo’s garden was covered with parts of the car, fence panels and wooden beams.

“I’ve been doing the garden up, and the fence panels were only a month old,” Jo said. “It would have been much worse in the summer because the car went right through my sunbathing spot.

“I was asleep in bed when it happened, and I looked outside when I heard something going on but I didn’t see anything.

“I realised the extent of it the next day, but I’ve been expecting something like this to happen for months.

“There’s just no protection for us from the road, and I wish a barrier would be put up to stop this kind of thing from happening again.”

She’s now waiting to hear back from the insurance company.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, and the male driver was breathalysed by police at the scene.

The results were negative and he wasn’t arrested, but he’s been asked to attend the police station on a voluntary basis at a later date.

A police spokesman said: “We received a call at 3.30am on October 29, and the informant said a car had crashed into his conservatory.

“He said he was fine, but that the car was buried into his conservatory.

“There was also damage to the brickwork at the corner of the house, and to the fence panels.”