“I thought I was dreaming” - Thorpe Market pensioner describes the terrifying moment a green BMW crashed into her garden stopping just feet from the house
18:57 12 April 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
Retired couple Linda and Peter Tong were asleep at home when a green BMW came crashing through their fence and gate into the garden - stopping just feet from their Thorpe Market home.
The man whose car snapped and splintered the couple’s solid oak fence and gate on its way towards the house was seriously injured and taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
But yesterday’s 3am crash brought flashbacks of a previous 2007 collision when a car had again careered off the road and over the hedge towards their house on Roughton Road.
Grandmother-of-one Mrs Tong, 66, said she thought she was dreaming when she was woken by the bang this morning.
She said: “I woke Peter and told him there was a car in our garden. I looked out of the window and there was this car and the police. Fortunately it missed the house but it terrifies me.
“I will be sleeping in the back room for weeks. I know I will go to bed tonight and lie there waiting. I can’t help it.
“And our garden was so lovely. It looks like an absolute wreck now, I have been in tears all morning.”
The keen gardener said there were more than 20 vehicles outside the house, with the fire service, police and ambulance working to assist the driver and clear the wreckage.
Mr Tong said the car had been smoking and firefighters had been spraying water on it.
The BMW remained in their garden until after 10am when a fork-lift crane lifted it over their hedge, leaving smashed glass and debris behind on the manicured lawn.
The couple moved to the north Norfolk village from Hertfordshire seven years ago after taking early retirement from their jobs in finance.
It was meant to be a peaceful retirement retreat with idyllic views over the fields behind the flint brick home.
But Mr Tong, 66, said the stretch of road outside their house was an accident black spot, with more than a dozen crashes in the first three months.
He said: “We do love it here but we have found this road to be an absolute nightmare.
“We have had walking wounded from crashes in our front room several times.”
The 40 mile-an-hour speed limit road was closed between Roughton and North Walsham Road for about eight hours.
The driver’s condition has been described as stable.
Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has information concerning the manner in which the BMW was being driven before the collision.
Anyone with information should contact Norfolk police on 101