‘But for the wardrobe door I would be dead from all the rubble landing on top of me.’ Schoolboy tells of miraculous car crash escape
PUBLISHED: 17:21 17 October 2012
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A schoolboy has told how he had a miraculous escape when a car crashed into his bedroom – and he woke up under a wardrobe door.
Ben London, 15, was asleep when an Audi careered out of control and smashed through the wall of his home at 2am.
The car came to rest just five feet from the teenager’s bed and sent a ton and a half of bricks flying into the room, showering him in dust.
The foot of his bed was crushed by rubble but the £100, inch-thick wooden door from a custom-made wardrobe shielded Ben from the worst of the debris.
Locals in the village of Strumpshaw likened the scene of devastation to the “aftermath of an earthquake”.
But amazingly, Ben escaped with only minor cuts to his leg and shock.
There were four people in the sporty Audi convertible, one of whom suffered a head injury.
It appears that the car failed to stop at a junction in front of the house.
The 32-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and has been bailed until November 25.
The damage to Ben’s parents’ barn conversion home is expected to run into tens of thousands of pounds.
The crash took place on Sunday but the embedded car has still not been removed after structural engineers warned the roof would collapse.
Ben said: “I had been asleep an hour when I woke up suddenly in a cloud of dust with something on top of me.
“I thought the roof had collapsed and that there were beams on top of me.
“I could not see anything much because of the dust.
“I eventually realised I was actually under a wardrobe door. I did not know what was going on.
“I went downstairs in shock. I was disorientated and knocked a couple of glasses over by mistake.
“When I had calmed down a bit, I went back upstairs and saw the car.
“There was about a ton and a half of rubble – a wheelbarrow’s worth – in the room.
“But for the wardrobe door I would be dead from all the rubble landing on top of me.
“I could see what would have hit me.
“It was piled three foot high by the side of my bed and the bottom of the bed had been crushed.”
Police attended after Ben’s parents dialled 999.
Fire crews and structural engineers from nearby Norwich were also called out to assess the damage and make the scene safe.
A spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service confirmed that the teenager was checked at the scene.
He was found to have minor injuries and shock but did not need to go to hospital.
One of the car’s occupants was treated at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for a minor head injury.
For a three-page special on this story see tomorrow’s EDP.