‘I thought the house had been blown up’

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A Derry mother has spoke of the terror she experienced when a car ploughed into her home as she sat down to watch television with her disabled daughter on Sunday evening.

Josephine Doherty and her daughter Eva (12), who has Down Syndrome, were watching television in the living room of their Cornshell Fields home shortly before 7pm when she heard “an almighty bang”.

The scene at Cornshell Fields on Sunday night after a car crashed through a garden fence and into a house. DER4413JM004

The scene at Cornshell Fields on Sunday night after a car crashed through a garden fence and into a house. DER4413JM004

“My first thought was that the house had been blown up - I looked and saw my front door flying down the hall,” Josephine said.

Through the rubble she saw that a black car had ploughed through her garden and into her home - stopping just two feet from where her daughter had been sitting.

Two people got out of the car - and Josephine and her family were evacuated from the house amid fears it was unsafe.

“We were able to grab some pyjamas, but that was all.”

Josephine said she keeps replaying the crash.

“All I can think is that if someone had been walking past, or Eva had been sitting closer to the hall, someone could have been killed. I don’t think I will ever want to go back there,” she said.