Couple’s lucky escape

Scene of a crash on Piele Road, Haydock
Scene of a crash on Piele Road, Haydock

A MAN has been charged with drink driving after a car ploughed into an elderly couple’s home.

David Bracken, 46, is due before St Helens Magistrates next month after a blue Ford Focus Zetec smashed into an end terrace on Piele Road, Haydock, on Monday night (June 27).

Shocked neighbours told how they heard a “massive bang” shortly before 10pm.

Miraculously, the owners of the house - who are both in their 80s - were uninjured. However both were taken to St Helens Hospital for precautionary check ups.

Young mum Laura Kitts, 23, who lives across the road, was the first neighbour to dial 999.

She said: “I heard a massive bang and then saw a big cloud of dust outside. Just from the sound it made I could tell straight away it was a car crash.

“Within a couple of minutes there were police and firemen everywhere.

“The car was a total mess – it had to be dragged off with a piece of rope.”

Once the emergency services had helped the stunned elderly couple out of their home the incident was passed on to St Helens Council, who brought in structural engineers to secure the property.

Amazingly, it’s not the first time residents along Piele Road have suffered a similar fate either.

More than a decade ago a house which used to adjoin the crash property had to be demolished after a fire engine ploughed into it,

Laura Kitts added: “The couple who live in that property always keep themselves to themselves. I only ever see the man because his wife suffers from heart problems.

“Obviously this has happened twice down here now but I don’t think we have a problem with speeding. It’s just a busy route because it links Church Road with the industrial estate and the East Lancs.”

Bracken, of Finney Grove, Haydock, was charged by police with drink driving and driving without due care and attention.

He was bailed to appear before Magistrates on July 15.