A FAMILY had a lucky escape after a runaway car came hurtling through their garden fence.
Seconds before the accident, at The Knoll in Tansley, nine-year-old Megan Smith had been playing in the garden while her mother, Lorraine, was set to bring her washing in off a line.
Mrs Smith said: “I thought shall I have a cup of tea or get my washing in and luckily I had a cup of tea as moments later the car came through the fence.
“We were all really shocked by it, but it could have been much worse.”
She added: “Megan is alright about it now but she was up all night after. She was crying and having nightmares thinking, like we all were, what could have happened. We could have all been killed.”
The car, which is believed to have a faulty handbrake, travelled down a driveway, across a road, smashed through the fence, over a four foot wall and down the garden, on Thursday at around 4.30pm.
It was narrowly escaped crashing in to the house after becoming wedged on a stone trough.
Lorraine’s mother-in-law Jean Smith, who lives next door, said: “We heard a massive bang and everyone rushed out to see what had happened.
“The little girl and the dog had just been sent in to the house or they wouldn’t have stood a chance. It doesn’t bare thinking about.”
She added: “It was coming home time from school too and there were lots of children and cars about it could have been a real disaster.”
A recovery pick-up truck from Kems Auto, in Darley Dale, used a crane to lift the Skoda car out of the garden.
The family are now waiting for an insurance company to inspect the damage.