Miraculous escape as car crashes into house

April 26, 2011

by Brónagh Murphy

Tragedy was narrowly averted when a car left the road, ploughed through a set of gates and crashed into the home of an elderly pensioner in Cullyhanna at the weekend.

The car, with five occupants on board, crashed into the front of 85-year-old Mrs Molly McShane’s bungalow on the Slatequarry Road in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The driver and four passengers sustained minor injuries including broken bones and lacerations and were taken to hospital for treatment.  A number of ambulances and a fire crew were on the scene to attend to the injured.


Mrs McShane, who lives alone, was asleep when she was awoken by a loud bang around 3.00am.  Such was the noise, her initial thought was that a bomb had gone off.

Her daughter, Anna Shields, described her mother’s shock at finding the car embedded in the front of her house.

“She got a terrible shock because she thought it was a bomb,” Mrs Shields said, adding that her mother was extremely lucky to escape injury.

“We’re very fortunate and just very grateful that none of the young people in the car sustained any life-threatening injuries and we wish them all a speedy recovery,” she said.

Mrs McShane’s house sustained extensive structural damage with the impact of the crash.  There is evidence of structural movement within the house, along with large cracks in the exterior and a number of interior walls.

It’s believed a survey will have to be carried out to determine the extent of the damage.  A perimeter wall and two iron gates were also badly damaged.

The occupants of the car, aged in their late teens and early twenties, are believed to be recovering from their injures.