Van smashes into house after driver has stroke

The house on Canon Cockin Street, Hendon, Sunderland, which was hit by a runaway van when the driver suffered a stroke.

The house on Canon Cockin Street, Hendon, Sunderland, which was hit by a runaway van when the driver suffered a stroke.

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A WOMAN had a lucky escape after a van smashed into her Sunderland home as she slept inside just inches away.

Angela Eddie, 48, was in bed in the front of her terraced house in Canon Cockin Street, Hendon, when the Transit van smashed through the wall and into the front window.

It is believed that the driver of the van suffered a stroke.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Ms Eddie, who lives with partner Philip Nelson, 40, who was out of the house at the time. “I just heard a thud, but I thought it was a gun firing at first.”

Emergency services were called to the scene, after the crash, which happened just before 10am yesterday.

The driver of the van was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment.

Pensioner Joan Rolf, who has lived in Canon Cockin Street for most of her life, watched on in horror as the white van ploughed into the house.

“I was walking out to get my papers when I saw it happen,” said the stunned 80-year-old, who lives doors away from Ms Eddie and her family.

“The van just went straight through the wall.

“I think the driver had gone into shock and had a stroke.”

Michelle Allison, 30, who lives next door to Ms Eddie, said: “I wasn’t in at the time it happened and I’m glad really.

“It’s a real mess there now and I just hope Angela can get it sorted.”

Angela said: “My landlord has been talking to me and hopefully it will be sorted as soon as possible.”

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At 9.54am yesterday police were informed that a Transit van had crashed into a garden wall in Canon Cockin Street, Sunderland.

“The male driver of the vehicle was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital to be checked over.

“His injuries have not been described as life-threatening.”

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