Car plunges into van

The scene of the collision

The scene of the collision

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A DRIVER plunged 10ft down a grass verge into a van.

The motorist, who has not been identified, was reportedly attempting a parking manouevre when the accident happened.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to Hylton Park, Wessington Way yesterday morning after the driver of the Peugeot overshot its parking space and rolled down a steep bank.

The car smashed into a white van parked below.

Darren Timby, a web designer and canvas-art maker who runs firm ImageBlox –- who are based at Hylton Park – witnessed the incident from an office window.

He said: “Somebody went out and told the driver she couldn’t park where she had and the car just shot off the top car park.

“It was a blessing to the driver that the van was parked there because I think the car could have ended up on its roof otherwise.

“It’s a funny coincidence that the van that was crashed into has ‘Foresight’ written on it.”

Mr Timby said they had initially feared that petrol could have been leaking from the vehicle so a colleague helped pull the woman out of the car.

He said: “The driver was badly shaken, but she was ok.

“I’ve worked here for seven years and I’ve often thought when I’ve parked there what might happen if I went over the top – but, thankfully, it’s never happened before.

“That said, I’m definitely going to be very careful now.”

Mr Timby said the van had been shunted forward on to a bollard in the smash.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police, who were called to the scene, said: “Police were called just after 12pm about a collision at Hylton Park just off Wessington Way.

“A car had rolled down a grass bank on a two-tier carpark and collided with another vehicle on the first tier.

“No one was injured during the collision.”