Car crashes into living room

Car crashes into living room
Barbara Boyd

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A BARNMEEN couple say their lives have “been turned upside down” after a car ploughed into their home.
The young couple Deirdre McLoughlin and her fiancé John O’Kane who live in the Glen Mill development, one mile from Rathfriland, have been left traumatised after the crash.
A car travelling towards Newry crashed through the outer wall of their property, hitting the front door and living room window.
Due to the impact, bricks from the wall smashed through the living room window and front door, narrowly avoiding the woman and her friend inside.


The recently engaged couple, who have been living in the property for just over a year, are now unable to stay in their home due to the structural damage.
Deirdre and her friend were both sitting on the sofa in the living room, just metres away from the area impacted by the car.
“Just two minutes or so before that I was putting the fire on and if I was standing at the window it would have been a completely different story,” she said
Meanwhile, John said: “What has happened has turned our lives upside down. We are supposed to be saving and paying for a wedding, not repairs to our house.”
The couple have called for safety measures to be implemented along the main Newry to Rathfriland Road.
Recalling the events of Thursday, 7 February evening, Deirdre, who is originally from Hilltown, said: “I am so lucky that my friend and I were not injured in the living room.
“The bricks from the wall went through the window and my friend was able to calm me down after it had happened.
“There was smoke and dust in the room and she froze whereas I was panicking and screaming. There was also glass in the hall from damage caused to the door.
“We just ran through the back door and a neighbour took us in, they were very good and we called 999.”
Deirdre and her friend were both sitting on the sofa in the living room, just metres away from the area impacted by the car.
“Just two minutes or so before that I was putting the fire on and if I was standing at the window it would have been a completely different story.
“The speed cars travel on this stretch of road is ridiculous, I have always said that cars travel too fast on it.”
Meanwhile, the woman’s fiancé who is originally from Rostrevor was playing football when he was alerted of the crash.
He said: “My initial fear was that something really bad had happened to my fiancée, or that she was dead.
“At this stage we are not completely sure what happened, but we know the car crashed through our wall and impacted the living room.”
The local man said his partner is still recovering from the terrifying incident.
“What has happened has turned our lives upside down. We are supposed to be saving and paying for a wedding, not repairs to our house which has suffered significant damage, especially the left hand side.
“My partner is still very much in shock from what has happened and shook up by potentially what could have happened if things were a bit different.”
He continued: “At present we are not able to live in the property due to the structural damage caused by the impact of the car to the house.
“We have been told we could be out of the house now for around six months and at present we are living between our parents’ houses,” he said.


The couple, who have young nieces and nephews who visit their home regularly, say they want more safety measures implemented on the main Newry to Rathfriland Road outside their home.
“This road has a 60mph speed limit and there are a lot of young children who live in this development and are out a lot of the time on their bikes and toys. This could have been a very different story.
“We now want to ensure our community is a safe place to live in. A lot of our neighbours are getting behind us too to push for a 30mph or even 40mph speed limit on this stretch of road.
“Most people here have a young family, so it is something that they will very much be behind us with.”
Meanwhile, the PSNI said they received a report of a one-vehicle collision in the Glen Mill area at around 9.45pm on Thursday (7 February).
Sergeant Gallagher said: “It was reported that a car struck a property and an outer wall in the area.
“Damage was caused to the wall and a house in the area. There were no reports of any injuries.”

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