A HOUSEHOLDER had a lucky escape when a car crashed into his kitchen.
The Citroën Saxo left the road and ploughed into the semi-detached property in Ferndale Road, Penshaw.
The 21-year-old driver suffered suspected neck and back injuries and was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment.
His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The owner of the house was left shaken by the incident, which happened at about 6.50pm yesterday.
Eighteen firefighters attended the scene, but crews were unable to enter the property because of the scale of the damage, and engineers were called in to cap off a gas leak.
Residents today spoke of their shock at the smash.
“It’s a miracle nobody was killed,” said one neighbour. “The extent of the damage is unbelievable. There is a huge hole in the front of the building.”
Another said: “The house is on a corner near a steep bank and the road does have a few bends. Cars can pick up quite a bit of speed when they are coming down it. It must have gone straight into the house.”
A spokesman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “The driver was out of the vehicle prior to the arrival emergency services.
“He was conveyed by ambulance to hospital. The occupant of the property was self-rescued prior to the arrival of fire and rescue personnel. They did not require any further hospital treatment.”
Structural engineers were understood to be at the scene today to ensure the house was safe.
Northumbria Police have issued a witness appeal in a bid to help discover why the vehicle left the road.
A spokeswoman said: “Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information is asked to contact police.”
Investigating officers can be reached on 03456 043 043.