Norfolk grandmother’s lucky escape after car crashes into her bungalow

PUBLISHED: 16:24 11 December 2012 | UPDATED: 16:35 11 December 2012

The Vauxhall Zafira embedded in the front of a bungalow in Lime Tree Avenue, Wymondham

The Vauxhall Zafira embedded in the front of a bungalow in Lime Tree Avenue, Wymondham


A Norfolk grandmother has spoken of her good fortune after a car ploughed into the front bedrooms of her Wymondham home just minutes after she had been inside moving Christmas presents.

Devastated Jan Julian, 62, had been moving presents from the front bedroom to the lounge of the bungalow she shares with her husband Jim, 63 in Lime Tree Avenue when a Vauxhall Zafira slammed into the building just before 5pm on Monday, destroying the couple’s bedroom and the bedrooms used by their grandchildren and other relatives, who were not staying at the time.

She said she had only finished moving presents from the bedroom to underneath the Christmas tree in the lounge five minutes earlier and was in the lounge filling up the Christmas stockings when the crash happened.

The impact completely destroyed the two bedrooms and a dividing wall and caused cracks in the lounge wall to the rear of the bungalow.

The couple have had to use borrowed clothes since the crash because they had not been able to retrieve their possessions from among the debris in the bedroom and were awaiting the visit of a loss adjustor on Tuesday to determine whether the property could be repaired.

The hole where the Zafira crashed has been boarded up, but the couple were unsure whether they would have to move out.

For the full report on the crash, see tomorrow’s EDP.

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