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Diego escapes as car crashes into his living room

PUBLISHED: 18:16 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

Diago at the hole in the wall and (inset) the car a reader snapped after the crash

Diago at the hole in the wall and (inset) the car a reader snapped after the crash

TEENAGER Diego Delgado had a narrow escape when a car crashed into his living room. He was just watching Sunday's London Marathon on the telly when the Merc ploughed through the wall.

By Candice Pires

TEENAGER Diego Delgado had a narrow escape when a car crashed into his living room.

He was just watching Sunday's London Marathon on the telly when the Merc ploughed through the wall.

It went straight through the railings outside the ground-floor flat on Whitechapel's Collingwood estate in East London, then hit the wall and brought down a pile of bricks right where he was sitting.

The TV landed in his lap and threw him back into the sofa, which bruised his knee.

"I heard a loud screech, then a bang," the 17-year-old trainee chef told the Advertiser.

"Suddenly, the wall and TV came towards me and threw me back. The whole room filled with smoke.

"I didn't see it coming, but just looked up and saw the Mercedes in the room."

His mum rushed in from the bedroom and step-dad came in from the kitchen to find a gaping hole in their home with the crunched up four-door saloon just sitting there in a cloud of dust.

"The car was smoking and there was a guy on the ground outside," Diego recalled.

"A woman was standing next to him crying and screaming. My neighbour helped him up."

The driver was later taken to the Royal London Hospital.

The upstairs neighbours said the crash sounded like a bomb. The impact even brought their curtains down.

The crash has since been giving Diego nightmares.

"I heard a loud bang in my dream last night," he recalled the next day. "I feel scared when using the computer now, because it's near the window.

"If I had been any closer to the window, the crash would have taken my legs."

The car also took out three roadside bollards. The crash was captured on camera by Advertiser reader Leslie Hunt, a window cleaner from the Collingwood estate.

The four-storey block was evacuated because of the fear of structural damage.

But the 14 families were later allowed to return to their homes when the building was made safe. Emergency fire crews put supports into the wall to stop it collapsing.

Police are investigating the crash. No arrests were made.


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