Car crashes into house
The crash that woke Fiona Hislop from sleep early yesterday seemed ripped from the pages of a Hollywood action film script.
The Waimate resident was lying peacefully in bed about 1am when a car smashed through the wall of her home.
"I heard a crash, looked up and there was a hole where it had come through from the front room into our bedroom," she said.
"It was very frightening."
The vehicle, which had been travelling on Edinburgh St, drove straight through the King St intersection, crashed through a fence and trees and then through the wall of Mrs Hislop's house.
It smashed through a front bedroom and carried on into a second bedroom where Mrs Hislop was in bed.
"My husband was out in the living room and he couldn't get in to me because he couldn't open the door," she said.
The driver, a 25-year-old Waimate man, was not injured, Waimate police Constable Paul Alden said.
The sole passenger, a 42-year-old Waimate man, was taken to Timaru Hospital by St John ambulance.
Police suspect that alcohol was a factor in the crash, Mr Alden said. The investigation is continuing.
In addition to the car-sized hole in their house, the crash also destroyed several pieces of antique furniture and a cabinet in which Mrs Hislop's husband kept a valuable collection of model cars.
"But there was no loss of life," she said, "and they're just things, aren't they?"
Mrs Hislop said the car also smashed a heavy antique desk where her husband often sat to do computer work at that time of night.
"We're usually up late and he would be sitting where the car came in," she said.
"It took four people to lift that desk, and it was bent around and moved across the room.
"We're very, very lucky."
The Timaru Herald