Homes evacuated after car smashes into Southsea building

ACCIDENT The crashed BMW. Picture: Michael Rutter
ACCIDENT The crashed BMW. Picture: Michael Rutter
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PEOPLE were forced to flee their homes after a car smashed through the front wall of a house and hit a gas pipe.

Police were called to St Paul’s Road, in Southsea, just before midnight on Saturday.

A BMW had hit two parked cars and smashed into the front of a house nearby, taking out a gas pipe.

People living in flats were evacuated by police and firefighters from Southsea were called to make the area safe.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The police woke me up and I could smell gas.

‘I threw on whatever I could and ran out of the house. The car was really smashed up.

‘All I could think about was getting out of the house as fast as possible.

‘I don’t think anyone was home in the house that the car hit, thankfully.’

The woman and her neighbours were taken to Southsea Community Centre until firefighters deemed it safe.

Another neighbour who lives opposite the building which was hit, said: ‘I heard a screeching sound which must have been the tyres.

‘I heard a thud but when I looked out my window I couldn’t see anything.

‘Then after that all the fire engines and police turned up and blocked off the road.’

Police are investigating the crash and say the driver of the car that hit the house has been interviewed.