Man's lucky escape as van ploughs into wall
A VAN driver escaped unharmed after ploughing into a wall at the front of a house in Tunbridge Wells.
The man is believed to have had a fit behind the wheel of a white Vauxhall Astra as he was pulling out of the junction of Stratford Street and Western Road.
Neighbours, who described the sound of the crash as "like a clap of lightning", expressed relief no one was walking along the busy street at the time.
Police and ambulance crews were called to Western Road at 10.20am on Thursday, followed by two fire engines half-an-hour later.
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Homeowner Georgina Burkinshaw and her two-year-old son Max were upstairs when they heard a loud bang as the van crashed into the house next door.
She said: "It sounded like a clap of thunder, so I ran to the bedroom window. I could not believe my eyes.
"I saw the car in the hedge and two police cars, two ambulances and two fire engines.
"I'm glad nobody was hurt."
It is thought the car was heading along Stanford Street when it approached the junction with Western Road, off Quarry Road.
The passenger, believed to be the driver's girlfriend, was trapped and had to be freed by paramedics.
By the time the fire crews arrived they were both out of the van.
Both escaped injury but were taken to Tunbridge Wells Hospital as a precaution.
Another neighbour, who the Courier agreed not to name, witnessed the aftermath of the crash.
She said: "The police were on the scene very quickly.
"I knew something wasn't right, to make that sort of impact.
"I'm just relieved everyone's ok – you can replace the wall.
"It was lucky nobody was walking along the road."