Family’s lucky escape when car ploughed into garden fence in Hartlepool

SCENE: Police and ambulance crews at the scene in West View Road, Hartlepool. Picture courtesy of Cleveland Police.
SCENE: Police and ambulance crews at the scene in West View Road, Hartlepool. Picture courtesy of Cleveland Police.
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A FAMILY have described how a car crossed a central reservation on a dual carriageway and ploughed into a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction before crashing into a fence – just yards from where they stood.

Terri-Leigh Jones, 17, and her auntie Claire Jones, 22, were stood in the garden of Terri-Leigh’s home, in West View Road, Hartlepool, when a grey BMW careered over the central reservation towards their side of the road, she said.

Terri-Leigh told how the BMW, which had three men inside, was travelling towards Brus Corner, when it crossed the other side of the road, colliding with a silver Seat Altea before ending up embedded in a garden fence.

Thankfully, the people involved were not seriously hurt.

But Terri-Leigh’s legal guardian, Margaret Keir, 56, has told how she used her skills as a former St John Ambulance volunteer to treat Terri-Leigh, who gave birth seven weeks ago, and Claire, for shock after witnessing the smash.

Mum-of-five Margaret says it is a miracle that no-one was killed and says she wants to see safety improvements on the road.

She said: “My daughter and niece were in the garden as I won’t allow them to smoke in the house.

“You could hear the screeches of the car as it hit the central reservation and it has gone straight into another car.

“The lad in the other car landed outside our house.

“I’m surprised nobody was killed.”

Margaret added that accidents on the road were a regular occurrence.

“It’s when they are coming up from the Headland as they get to Warren Road – there’s a sharp bend and I think people forget it’s there,” she said.

“One of these days a car is going to hit our property.

“It’s about time the council did something, we want barriers outside homes, bollards or the speed limit lowering.”

The road was closed until 3.25pm as emergency services dealt with the aftermath.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We got a call to West View Road at 12.45pm to a collision involving two cars, one was a silver Seat Altea and the other a grey BMW.

“One of the cars had gone into the central reservation and crossed the carriageway.”

A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said three ambulances attended the incident and three patients were taken to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton with non life-threatening injuries.