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Owners left shaken after car smashes into Derry family home

SDLP councillor, Brian Tierney, pictured at the scene of the crash, said someone could have been killed.
Seamus McKinney

A COUNCILLOR has said it is fortunate that no-one was killed or seriously injured after a car crashed through the garden and into the bedroom wall of a house for a second time.

The owners of the house at Oakgrove in the Lenamore Road area of Derry were left badly shaken when the vehicle struck their home in the early hours of Sunday. The incident was the second time in five years the family home was struck by a car.

SDLP councillor Brian Tierney said significant damage was caused, including damage to the property’s perimeter fence, garden and the wall of the house. Mr Tierney said he was seeking a meeting with police and roads’ service to discuss the levels of dangerous driving in the area.

The car crashed into the bedroom wall of the house in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“It’s extremely lucky that nobody was seriously injured or killed during this incident when a car came off the road, crashed through a fence and into this hour causing significant damage to the building and emotional distress to the residents. The car crashed right into the bedroom with residents in the property and this was a very close call,” Mr Tierney said.

Mr Tierney, who visited the family yesterday, said they were “still shaken”. Mr Tierney said action was needed to ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and local residents.

“They are living in fear that this could happen to them for a third time,” he said.

It is understood a number of people are helping police with their inquiries.

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