Anger after car smashes into five vehicles in Portsmouth street

One of the six cars damaged in Harleston Road, Wymering  ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151810-8155)
One of the six cars damaged in Harleston Road, Wymering ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151810-8155)
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NEIGHBOURS on a residential road have spoken of their shock after a high-speed crash damaged six cars and injured three people on their doorsteps.

The dramatic scene happened in Harleston Road, Wymering, Portsmouth, at 7.45pm on Wednesday when a Citroen Xantia smashed into the back of a Peugeot as it was trying to pull out.

The force of the smash meant the cars then damaged four others, one of which had a man sitting in it. The driver and the man sat in his car were injured.

Mark Farmer was one of the first people on the scene, and with his wife Alyson, 38, administered first aid to the injured people.

Mr Farmer, 46, said: ‘It was unbelievable. It was just carnage.

‘It obliterated our car, that was the speed it was going.’

Mr Farmer’s car, a parked Nissan Pathfinder, was written off in the crash.

He added: ‘The worst thing for us was being told that we would have to claim against our own insurance as the driver had no insurance.

‘My wife works in Bordon, and we have six kids, and now we are left without a car.

‘I hope he gets the punishment that is due to him.’

Another resident Keith Elliott, a plasterer, also spoke of the nightmare after his car, a parked Mitsubishi, was damaged.

Mr Elliott, 34, said he was eating his dinner when a neighbour knocked on his door to tell him about the crash. When he came out, two passengers in the Citroen ran off. He said the driver, a man in his early 30s, was sitting on the pavement covered in blood.

Keith said: ‘It looked like two of them ran away and left their mate for dead. I thought it was a bit harsh. But I just want to get this headache off my shoulders now.

‘Judging by the skidmark they left on the road, I think they were going a lot more than the 20mph limit.’

Lots of people came out into the street after the crash, intrigued by the loud noise and blue lights.

One resident, Tina Clarke, 56, said she was listening to music with her granddaughter when they heard the crash.

She said: ‘We heard a massive bang. I thought someone had been really seriously hurt or worse.

‘The noise was terrific. It was very worrying.’

Mrs Clarke called for more to be done to enforce the 20mph limit and said she would like to see traffic calming measures put in.

The man sitting in a Corsa, suffered severe whiplash and the driver of the Xantia suffered facial injuries.

n A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.