Mum’s terror as car flies through the air and impaled on Blackwood railings
9:26am Thursday 11th October 2012 in Campaign news
A TAKEAWAY delivery driver had a lucky escape after his car crashed in a Blackwood street - ending up on top of a set of railings outside a house.
Residents said the car flew through the air, flipped and caused a woman to fear it was about to crash through her front window and kill her and her new-born baby.
Corrie Leonard, 22, froze in fear as she sat in her living room, describing it as “like something out of a James Bond film”.
Ms Leonard was sat at home on Fair View, Cefn Forest, cradling four-week old Kiean, when she heard a “loud bang, like an earthquake” at 5.30pm on Tuesday.
She said: “I looked up through the windowand saw the car in mid-air, it flipped in the air and I thought it was going to come in and kill us.
“Luckily, it landed on our front wall and rested there on its side like it was parked there. I was shaking and in shock and Kiean was crying, so I just picked him up and ran into the kitchen.”
The red Mitsubishi was just inches from hitting the house and Ms Leonard, who lives with partner Stephen Thomas, 25, feared the driver could be dead.
But, she said, he managed to clamber out of the passenger door, with Ms Leonard saying he must have been in shock as being checked by paramedics was the last thing on his mind.
She added: “He had a cut down his arm, but went straight around and opened his boot, which was full of takeaways.
“He was a delivery driver and said ‘I have to delivermyfood’, but people were telling him to leave it and get treatment.”
Neighbours said a parked Citroen Picasso had been hit, which caused the red car to flip into the air and travel over 15 feet towards Ms Leonard’s house, which is on the opposite side of the street.
South Wales Ambulance Service confirmed a man was taken to Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital, where he received treatment for a hand injury.
The road was closed for around an hour as the car was removed, with the incident causing damage to Ms Leonard’s and a neighbour’s front walls.
Gwent Police confirmed they attended a collision at 5.30pm on Tuesday involving a single vehicle.
A 41-year-old man was taken to hospital with a minor injury following the incident on Fairview, Cefn Forest, police said.