‘Lucky to be alive’ after van hits home

Van crashed into a house on Rochdale Road, Walsden.
Van crashed into a house on Rochdale Road, Walsden.

A woman is “lucky to be alive” after a van crashed into her home and stopped just inches away from where she was sitting.

Angie Gardiner, of Rochdale Road, Walsden, was sitting on her sofa having a cup of tea and watching the news on Friday morning when her breakfast was interrupted by a massive bang.

Angela Gardiner at home in Walsden.

Angela Gardiner at home in Walsden.

A blue Toyota Hiace van came off the road at about 7.45am, ploughed through railings and crashed into the front room of Angie’s grade II listed house, sending debris flying across her lounge.

“I started screaming,” she said. “It was like everything was tingling.

“It was just the shock of it all.The rubble stopped just inches from my head.

“I had a lucky escape. Someone was watching over me.

“I should have been dead. It was total devastation.”

Angie, 59, praised the emergency services, Calderdale Council and her insurance company for their quick response, and also her family, friends and neighbours for their support.

“It’s going to take a while to get things sorted but everybody has been brilliant,” she said.

Fire crews and structural engineers attended to make the building safe.

The driver of the van was treated for minor injuries at the scene and taken to hospital for a check-up.

The accident was one of several on Rochdale Road on Friday as overnight rain and cold temperatures created treacherous driving conditions.