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Disabled Boy Hurt In Bungalow Crash

July 25, 2011

A disabled boy was seriously hurt when a car came off the road and crashed into a bungalow, trapping him under the vehicle in his bedroom.

The 13-year-old was stuck in his wheelchair under the Vauxhall Astra for an hour before he was freed, during the incident in Barnsley on Saturday.

Police said the boy had been sitting at his computer at the time of the crash.

Two of the boy’s brothers, aged eight and five, and a sister, three, who were playing in the bedroom were also hurt.

Their injuries were not serious and they were taken to Barnsley District General Hospital, from where they were later discharged.

South Yorkshire Police said the disabled boy had suffered a broken right leg in the crash.

It happened at about 11:50 BST in Meadstead Drive, Royston.

‘Through fencing’

The teenager was airlifted to hospital in Sheffield, where his condition is described as stable.

The driver, an 82-year-old man, and his male passenger were slightly injured and also taken to hospital.

A spokeswoman said: “A silver Vauxhall Astra is believed to have travelled down Manor Grove towards a T-junction with Meadstead Drive.

“It’s thought the car went across the junction, through fencing and then through a bedroom window of a bungalow.

“A 13-year-old boy was in the bedroom, sitting at a computer. He became trapped underneath the car for at least an hour and had to be freed by firefighters.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident.

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  1. *Stargazer permalink
    July 25, 2011 8:42 pm

    Dear God; I would have hoped, that a dwelling at an intersection, where there is potential for a vehicle to crash into that dwelling, would have quite OBVIOUSLY necessitated installation by the council, of a sufficient crash barrier? Whether there was a disabled person living there or not. This “accident” quite simply SHOULD NOT have happened.
    We need not go into the distress and injury suffered by this family as a consequence of this calamity – I would have thought that much was OBVIOUS too?

    My opinion: yet another example of inadequate provisions made, by councils only too happy to pay exorbitant wages and expenses to officials, who manage to do jack poo for their constituents all day long, while they cut costs in all sectors and vulnerable people remain and become more vulnerable, by the direct selfishness and incompetence of the only people in a position to make a positive change in society!
    I hope the family in question get the recourse they deserve – a speedy recovery to all.

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