A pensioner was left shocked after a car smashed through the wall of his Sunderland home today.
David Butler was in Satley Gardens, Tunstall, when a Toyota Yaris suddenly ploughed into the back of the house at 12.30pm.
Moments earlier the 66-year-old had been up a ladder outside his terraced home, in the same spot where the car crashed into his property.
Mr Butler and his wife Pauline, 64, had been in the process of fitting a new alarm system and had taken a short break to have a cup of coffee.
The pair were upstairs when the vehicle struck the property, which stands at the end of a small cul-de-sac.
“We were upstairs when we heard a racket,” Mr Butler told the Echo.
“We thought something had fallen over in the loft, then we saw a car in the back of the house.”
Mr Butler said he had been doing work at the back of the house and was about to move to the front after his break.
He said: “I was out there up a ladder 15 minutes earlier and I was going to do the other side.
“I’m just relieved I wasn’t still on the ladder.
“The ladder was still out there. I’m shocked to think what could have happened.
The retired couple, who have lived in their home for 37 years are now waiting to find out how much structural damage has been caused.
“We are waiting for the car to be removed from the back of the house to see what the damage is,” Mr Butler added.
“We’ve had engineers out from the council and we are waiting or someone from the insurance company to turn up.”
Before the car crashed into the Butlers house, it had gone through a 6ft fence, into their next-door neighbour’s garden. It had then careered through the fence dividing the two gardens, before coming to a rest.
Mr Butler pointed to plants from his neighbour’s garden, which had been deposited on his roof by the force of the crash.
Their 91-year-old neighbour had been washing the dishes, when the crash happened.
His daughter-in-law, who answered the door, said the pensioner was left ‘shaken’ by the incident and, despite being deaf, he had heard the impact, as it also shook the house.
“He was washing up when it happened,” she said. “He just got a shock when he heard a thump. He didn’t see what happened because he had his back to the window.
“He rang me, I’m his carer as well. I also rang my daughter and his son. He’s on his way here.”
None of the people the Echo spoke to had seen anyone who had been in the car, and appeared mystified as to why two ambulances were on the scene about an hour later.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said shortly after the incident: “Police received a call at 12.33pm today that a Toyota Yaris had crashed into a house in Satley Gardens
“Emergency services are on scene and the driver and passenger of the car are not believed to be seriously injured.
“The vehicle is waiting to be removed and the extent of the damage to the house is not yet known. An engineer is expected to go out to assess the damage.”