An Ardagh family had a lucky escape on Sunday morning after a car crashed into their house.
Well-known Ardagh couple, Mary and Peter Whitney of Croshea were asleep in the early hours of Sunday morning when a car careered off the main Ballymahon/Athlone Road and struck their home causing severe damage to both car and house.
Miraculously no-one was hurt in the crash and the driver walked away from the vehicle.
But the incident left Mr and Mrs Whitney traumatised, particularly after they initially feared that their son and daughter-in-law were hurt or involved, because they had not returned from a night out.
“It was three in the morning and we were sound asleep, when the next thing was, I heard an unmerciful bang,” Mrs Whitney explained. “Then I heard this really loud music and lights were flashing all over the place. My son Cathal and his wife June were staying with us; I ran into the room and they were not there so I panicked.”
She went outside to investigate and found that a car had crashed into the front of their house, sending their sitting room window inwards and cracking the external wall. The driver, a man from Northern Ireland, then emerged from the car virtually unscathed.
“A couple in a white van had stopped to help and they called the gardaí,” continued Mrs Whitney.
“Then the driver of the crashed car came out of it and was unhurt, thank God for that. He was terribly shocked but okay apart from that. Bricks and mortar can be replaced, but life cannot,” Mrs Whitney added. “Thank God nobody was hurt.”