Car mows through two front yards
A BUNDABERG mum is thanking her lucky stars she left her front yard moments before a station wagon came hurtling through the fence.
Samara Bassett was in her Water Street yard with her 11-month-old baby, Landen, and had just sat down to watch some TV when the grey car crashed through her front fence, sending a nut from the wire barrier straight through the window over her head.
“The car was like a rocket through the front lawn and I’m not sure how hurt Landen and I would’ve been if we’d been outside,” she said.
The fence was a mangled, twisted wire mess and lay in a garden bed about 10m from where it once stood
The vehicle hurtled across the Bassetts’ front lawn, smashed through a wooden side fence and then smashed into neighbour Inge Stoeve’s garden bed.
It stopped about 50cm from the 74-year-old woman’s front steps.
The fellow Water Street resident was watching the Winter Olympics about 10.30am, with her faithful fox terrier Cheeky by her side, when her home started to shake.
“I thought ‘what is that noise’?” she said.
“It was getting louder like thunder and the house started shaking and then this car was driving past.”
The neighbours were shaken after the incident and Ms Stoeve said it was no way to celebrate her 22nd anniversary in the green timber home.
“Cheeky’s so scared at the moment, he nearly ran away,” she said.
The resident surveyed the wooden stakes of the fence that littered her front lawn.
“Maybe the next 22 years will be better,” Ms Stoeve said.
Ms Stoeve said the man driving sat in the car for about 10 minutes before police and ambulance officers arrived.
The mother of seven was comforted by her friend Angelika Kersten after the near miss.
“She could have been out here doing something, or Cheeky could have been out here,” Mrs Kersten said.
Bundaberg police Sergeant Terry Willett said the man driving was not injured.
The car was towed from the scene and Ms Stoeve was able to save one of her favourite plants from under the car.