'We were very lucky' - Car crashes through pensioner couple's Gateshead bungalow

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An elderly couple say they are lucky to have escaped without injuries after a car crashed into their home and caused considerable damage.Both Moira and Raymond Hepplewhite were unhurt in the dramatic crash in Blackhall Mill, Gateshead on Thursday night.Emergency services were called to a home in Forge Close just before 6pm. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident and were able to free the female driver from her car.The couple, who are in their 70s, were in the living room on the other side of the house when the accident occurred.

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Moira said: "We were both sitting in the lounge and it's on the back of the bungalow. We knew nothing until this almighty noise, a bang, and then there were bricks flying and the wall came in."Luckily we were on the other side so we're both alright. It came in the bedroom and through to the bathroom. We were very lucky."The computer is where the car came through and my husband is always on the computer.

Moira, 74, and Raymond, 76, now face an anxious wait, with the vehicle unable to be removed until the house is propped up due to the structural damage.

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Fortunately, they have been able to stay with relatives for the time being, with their gas, electricity and water supply now cut off.They have been told it could be weeks before they are able to return home - but they are both just glad they have come out of the terrifying incident unscathed.Moira continued: "It was unbelievable. I thought something had hit the roof. I can't think straight."We're staying with family, but our neighbours have all said if we needed anything they would put us up. It could be eight to 12 weeks before we can go back.

Following the incident, a Northumbria Police spokesperson said:

“Shortly before 6pm last night (Thursday), police received a report that a car had crashed into a house on Forge Close, Gateshead.“Emergency services attended to free the woman from her car. No residents were injured and officers arranged for structural assessments to be carried out on the property.”