first_imgThis was the image taken the morning after the van hit the house. You can see extensive damage to the roof and walls.A terrified mother-of-three has called on Donegal County Council to erect a crash barrier outside her home after an out-of-control van careered into the side of her house on Saturday night. Terrified Joanne Lindsay Butler and her family were unloading shopping at the time of the crash which she said rocked the house to its foundations.Amazingly it’s the SECOND time the family have cheated serious injury after another vehicle hit their house three years ago. Joanne and her family have been living in their 200 year old stone home at Cashel na gCorr just outside Gortahork for the last six years.Three years ago, on Easter Sunday morning the family awoke to find a car a sandwiched between their house and the back wall.The car which was leaking petrol was dangerously wedged against a gas cylinder which could have started a fire.To make matters worse those involved in that initial incident three years ago fled the scene and it wasn’t until the next morning they discovered the car. Joanne then decided to place two boulders place at the corner of the road just above their house to prevent another car crashing into their house.The was the scene that greeted Joanne and her family on Easter Sunday morning three years ago.However, on Saturday night history repeated itself as a van careered off the road and catapulted into the side of their home.Joanne told Donegal Daily, “We were just unloading the shopping from the car when we heard a loud bang and then we felt everything shake.“We then realised a van had struck the front of the house, it had struck both of the boulders and that reduced its impact but it caused the van to somersault and hit our roof.“Our three children who are aged five, six and eight were absolutely terrified and I took them inside and sent my husband to check on the driver. “The van was absolutely mangled as you can imagine, the driver stumbled out of the van and asked to use the bathroom.“However, as soon as he got to the bathroom, he collapsed, we had called Now Doc as soon as the car hit the house so thankfully they arrived soon after.This was the image taken on the night the van careered into the house.The driver was then taken to hospital where it was discovered he had broken bones in his back an he had also sustained injuries to his head.He remains in hospital and will undergo further assessment over the next number of days. Joanne and the family were forced to spend the night in nearby hotel Loch Altán.Gardaí had informed them they wanted to survey the scene in daylight.Joanne said, “We spent the night in Loch Altán as the Gardaí didn’t want to move the car that night, they wanted to wait until the morning to survey the scene properly.“It was only in the light of day that we were able to see the damage for ourselves, it was scary to think what could have happened if the boulders weren’t there.“The Gardaí actually said that if it was a modern day home the van would’ve breached the house properly.“Our house is over two hundred years old and the old stone it’s made from saved us from even more damage.“Our kids sleep right at that part of the house and it’s terrifying to think what could’ve happened if the kids were sleeping in the room.“They can’t sleep in the room at the minute because of the damage done, and they won’t go into the room unattended to get toys or clothes from the room.“The kids are naturally very shook up the incident as we all are, the sleeping arrangements aren’t ideal at the minute but we’re just thankful nobody was fatally injured.“We’re just hoping there hasn’t been too much structural damage to the home because of the age of the house.Joanne contacted all her local County Councillors but said that only two responded to her calls.Sinn Féin Cllr John Sheamuis O’Fearraigh visited Joanne and her family and listened to their concerns and said he would raise the matter with his delegates in Lifford.Independent Cllr Michéal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig contacted the family via phone but wasn’t optimistic about their chances of having a crash barrier erected.The cost of erecting a crash barrier can cost anything up to €5,000 and Mac Giolla Easbuig doesn’t think the council would pay for the barrier because it’s not on a main road.Joanne said, “There’s no way we can afford €5,000 to erect a crash barrier, but I’m hoping the council can view this as a unique situation now that there’s been two serious accidents in just three years.“It’s a miracle that nobody has been killed, and we just want a barrier erected so it can protect our family.“Will it take someone to lose their live before they do something, I really hope they can do something about the situation.“We can’t afford the money required for a crash barrier so we’re hoping the issue can be resolved, until then I’m on the look out for two new boulders.”FAMILY ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY AS VAN CRASHES INTO HOUSE AS THEY UNLOAD SHOPPING was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:barriercrashDonegal County Councilgortahorklast_img

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