Family tells of devastation after Langney car smash

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A family left virtually homeless after a car careered off the road and in to their Langney home on Bank Holiday Monday has spoken of the devastation.

The mother and her two small children narrowly escaped after a blue Vauxhall careered off the road and in to the front of their Sevenoaks Road home at around 7pm.

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The car smashed through the front of the end of terrace house sending bricks, furniture and debris flying and demolishing supporting walls before landing in the front garden.

As safety campaigners and politicians called for speed calming measures along the busy stretch of road, the woman’s husband spoke of the family’s horror at the devastation caused.

The family is still distraught and coming to terms with what happened and has asked not be named.

“My wife was upstairs with my daughter who is five and my three-year-old son, when she heard what she said sounded like an explosion and the whole house shook,” said the woman’s husband. “She came downstairs and there was dust and debris everywhere. People had stopped to help and she managed to lift the children out over the rubble to safety.

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“We had been away camping for the weekend and I was just dropping a trailer back to a friend when I got a phone call telling me to go home straight away. If it had been half an hour earlier we had all been in the hallway and the front of the lounge and we could have been wiped out. It doesn’t bear thinking about but it could have been so much worse.

“I rushed home and was just so relieved to see my wife and children safe.”

Emergency services were called to the scene at 7.05pm and firefighters spent much of the night making the structure of the house secure. The family is now staying with relatives while a major rebuild is planned. They do not know when they will be able to return home.

An appeal has also been launched to help the family as many of their children’s toys have been destroyed in the incident. People can leave donations at Tesco at Langney Shopping Centre.

* A man has been charged in connection with the incident and is due in court on September 16.