THIS was the devastation caused when a car ploughed through a garden and into the bedroom of an elderly couple’s home.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene just seconds after ramming the Volkswagen Passat estate car into the side of the Roker bungalow.
Fortunately, the pensioners were out at the time of the incident, which has caused massive damage to the property and left neighbours shocked.
Marie Porter, 80, who lives just yards from the house, said: “There was a loud bang just like thunder. The car came right through the back fence. Whoever was in it then ran off.”
“I don’t think the homeowners would have survived if they’d been in there. You just can’t believe it.”
Norman Howe, 78, also lives nearby with wife Doreen, 75.
“I went for the paper this morning at half past six and I could see the window was smashed and the tap on the gate.
“My wife thought it was a bomb going off at the time.”
Fire crews from Sunderland North, East and South Tyneside West stations attended the scene at about midnight yesterday.
At the back of the property there is a gas and electric unit and fire officers acted quickly to reduce the risk of a gas leak.
Watch manager Steve Bewick, of Sunderland North station, said: “The gas board have had to dig part of the garden up so the gas was disconnected.
“The house has been badly damaged.”
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police received a report of damage to a bungalow.
“On arrival officers discovered that a Volkswagen car had crashed into the property. Inquiries are ongoing into the circumstances of the collision.
“Nobody was in the property at the time and we have had no reports of any injuries.”
•A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving in connection to the incident.