RUDE AWAKENING: Joanne Hancock, of Goonellabah, was woken with a shock when a car crash landed in her front yard on Sunday.
RUDE AWAKENING: Joanne Hancock, of Goonellabah, was woken with a shock when a car crash landed in her front yard on Sunday. Marc Stapelberg

Car smashes into garage, just misses sleeping resident

JOSH Hancock was nursing a headache but very thankful to be alive after a car lost control and flew through the air before smashing into the garage he was sleeping in.

On Monday morning, the day after the crash, there was still plenty of debris littering the garden and the damage to the garage and house, including a large hole near its foundations, were clearly visible.

"If the house was made of timber, Josh could have been killed," his mother Joanne Hancock said.

"I have already lost a son. I don't want to lose another one."

Mr Hancock was asleep in the garage and copped a whack to his head when the collision occurred.

His mother was asleep in the back room and was shaken by the incident but otherwise fine, she said.

"I hope I never wake up to something like that again," she said.

The house is normally occupied by other young children as Ms Hancock is a foster carer.

It was just lucky the younger children were away in respite care over the weekend, she said.

The trouble started about 6.30am on Sunday when Ms Hancock was awoken with a start by a loud bang and a shuddering of her house.

She went to the window and saw a strange car in her garden, and a grey mess of tangled metal that she eventually recognised as her own car.

Three people aged in their 20s or 30s were wandering about, and one woman was screaming in pain, Ms Hancock said.

A fourth traveller in the car had left the scene, she said.

The white Ford Falcon they crashed in failed to negotiate a turn on Rous Rd, Goonellabah, hit the kerb and then sailed through the air before crashing into Ms Hancock's grey Ford, which then smashed back into the garage and the house.

The side wall and roller door of the garage was damaged and SES volunteers were required to stabilise the house after part of its foundations were knocked out.

"I just hope they learn a lesson from this," Ms Hancock said.

Police are still investigating the crash, and no charges have yet been laid.


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