Car collides with Old Town house

This Is Wiltshire: The accident scene on King William Street The accident scene on King William Street

AN ELDERLY man has crashed his car into a house in King William Street this morning.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the scene in Old Town shortly after 11am after the car hit the house and caused severe damage to the brickwork and front window.

Nobody was in the house at the time.

The driver is believed to have suffered a head injury, was treated by paramedics and has been taken to the Great Western Hospital.

The road has been closed to all traffic while the scene is made safe.

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11:37am Mon 13 Jan 14

benzss says...

Brace yourselves...
Brace yourselves... benzss

11:52am Mon 13 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Seems very strange that this could have occurred if the 'elderly' man was driving with due care and attention.

Odd how we're keen to fine and chastise those drivers who haven't caused any accidents at all and yet allow those who create this kind of mayhem and destruction to simply pay a slightly increased insurance premium and take no further action against them.
Seems very strange that this could have occurred if the 'elderly' man was driving with due care and attention. Odd how we're keen to fine and chastise those drivers who haven't caused any accidents at all and yet allow those who create this kind of mayhem and destruction to simply pay a slightly increased insurance premium and take no further action against them. ChannelX

12:17pm Mon 13 Jan 14

ManWithCar says...

So the bloke who killed his best mate on the A419, due to drinking and driving - that was just a blip was it? And the 2 girls who died, plus 3 blokes seriously injured - again, due to drinking and driving? I remember all the wringing of hands, people saying how dangerous that long straight stretch of dual carriageway plainly was and what could be done about it? More accidents are caused by younger people, purely because there's more of them - and a lot of them think that nothing bad will ever happen. Well - it does.

One elderly driver has an accident - he could have been taken unwell at the wheel. One thing you can say about elderly drivers - they're still alive, aren't they?
So the bloke who killed his best mate on the A419, due to drinking and driving - that was just a blip was it? And the 2 girls who died, plus 3 blokes seriously injured - again, due to drinking and driving? I remember all the wringing of hands, people saying how dangerous that long straight stretch of dual carriageway plainly was and what could be done about it? More accidents are caused by younger people, purely because there's more of them - and a lot of them think that nothing bad will ever happen. Well - it does. One elderly driver has an accident - he could have been taken unwell at the wheel. One thing you can say about elderly drivers - they're still alive, aren't they? ManWithCar

12:21pm Mon 13 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

ManWithCar wrote:
So the bloke who killed his best mate on the A419, due to drinking and driving - that was just a blip was it? And the 2 girls who died, plus 3 blokes seriously injured - again, due to drinking and driving? I remember all the wringing of hands, people saying how dangerous that long straight stretch of dual carriageway plainly was and what could be done about it? More accidents are caused by younger people, purely because there's more of them - and a lot of them think that nothing bad will ever happen. Well - it does.

One elderly driver has an accident - he could have been taken unwell at the wheel. One thing you can say about elderly drivers - they're still alive, aren't they?
Still alive and crashing into walls, yes.
[quote][p][bold]ManWithCar[/bold] wrote: So the bloke who killed his best mate on the A419, due to drinking and driving - that was just a blip was it? And the 2 girls who died, plus 3 blokes seriously injured - again, due to drinking and driving? I remember all the wringing of hands, people saying how dangerous that long straight stretch of dual carriageway plainly was and what could be done about it? More accidents are caused by younger people, purely because there's more of them - and a lot of them think that nothing bad will ever happen. Well - it does. One elderly driver has an accident - he could have been taken unwell at the wheel. One thing you can say about elderly drivers - they're still alive, aren't they?[/p][/quote]Still alive and crashing into walls, yes. ChannelX

12:23pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

A bad driver is a bad driver regardless of their age. The worst do seem to be the young and elderly though. The young due to showing off and a lack of fear. The elderly due to the brain and body-reactions slowing down. Ofd course you cannot judge everybody the same and each case needs taking on its own merits. Annual driving assessments for everyone and more and longer bans for bad drivers needs bringing in.
A bad driver is a bad driver regardless of their age. The worst do seem to be the young and elderly though. The young due to showing off and a lack of fear. The elderly due to the brain and body-reactions slowing down. Ofd course you cannot judge everybody the same and each case needs taking on its own merits. Annual driving assessments for everyone and more and longer bans for bad drivers needs bringing in. Davey Gravey

2:02pm Mon 13 Jan 14

wiltshiregal says...

I am sure that the police will be examining the car to check for any mechanical problems, I am glad the elderly gent is OK. I feel sorry for the home owner here.
I am sure that the police will be examining the car to check for any mechanical problems, I am glad the elderly gent is OK. I feel sorry for the home owner here. wiltshiregal

4:09pm Mon 13 Jan 14

PJC says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
A bad driver is a bad driver regardless of their age. The worst do seem to be the young and elderly though. The young due to showing off and a lack of fear. The elderly due to the brain and body-reactions slowing down. Ofd course you cannot judge everybody the same and each case needs taking on its own merits. Annual driving assessments for everyone and more and longer bans for bad drivers needs bringing in.
Yes, and the middle-aged drivers who get complacent because they've been driving for years but are neither young or old, and think that they are excellent drivers and have nothing left to learn, and everyone else is always wrong because they couldn't possibly be? Encountered rather a lot of them in my time as well...
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: A bad driver is a bad driver regardless of their age. The worst do seem to be the young and elderly though. The young due to showing off and a lack of fear. The elderly due to the brain and body-reactions slowing down. Ofd course you cannot judge everybody the same and each case needs taking on its own merits. Annual driving assessments for everyone and more and longer bans for bad drivers needs bringing in.[/p][/quote]Yes, and the middle-aged drivers who get complacent because they've been driving for years but are neither young or old, and think that they are excellent drivers and have nothing left to learn, and everyone else is always wrong because they couldn't possibly be? Encountered rather a lot of them in my time as well... PJC

4:53pm Mon 13 Jan 14

MrAngry says...

Young drivers are the elderly drivers of the future.
Young drivers are the elderly drivers of the future. MrAngry

4:59pm Mon 13 Jan 14

LordCharles says...

This particular house is very vulnerable where it is opoosite a right angled corner. I am surprised it has not been hit before. I doubt if the driver would drive straight into it through speed or stupidity because the road is so narrow there. So I guess either he or the car had some kind of malfunction. Anyway, it is not up to us to judge the situation without knowing what happened or even to judge the situation all. We all make mistakes and are hypocrites if we think we don't.
This particular house is very vulnerable where it is opoosite a right angled corner. I am surprised it has not been hit before. I doubt if the driver would drive straight into it through speed or stupidity because the road is so narrow there. So I guess either he or the car had some kind of malfunction. Anyway, it is not up to us to judge the situation without knowing what happened or even to judge the situation all. We all make mistakes and are hypocrites if we think we don't. LordCharles

5:58pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Phantom Poster says...

ChannelX wrote:
Seems very strange that this could have occurred if the 'elderly' man was driving with due care and attention.

Odd how we're keen to fine and chastise those drivers who haven't caused any accidents at all and yet allow those who create this kind of mayhem and destruction to simply pay a slightly increased insurance premium and take no further action against them.
Amazing rant, based on no information whatsoever other than that the person is 'elderly' - which depending on your definition could just be someone 65 or over. Thank god the reporter didn't say he votes Labour - you'd have had a seizure!
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Seems very strange that this could have occurred if the 'elderly' man was driving with due care and attention. Odd how we're keen to fine and chastise those drivers who haven't caused any accidents at all and yet allow those who create this kind of mayhem and destruction to simply pay a slightly increased insurance premium and take no further action against them.[/p][/quote]Amazing rant, based on no information whatsoever other than that the person is 'elderly' - which depending on your definition could just be someone 65 or over. Thank god the reporter didn't say he votes Labour - you'd have had a seizure! Phantom Poster

6:04pm Mon 13 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
Seems very strange that this could have occurred if the 'elderly' man was driving with due care and attention.

Odd how we're keen to fine and chastise those drivers who haven't caused any accidents at all and yet allow those who create this kind of mayhem and destruction to simply pay a slightly increased insurance premium and take no further action against them.
Amazing rant, based on no information whatsoever other than that the person is 'elderly' - which depending on your definition could just be someone 65 or over. Thank god the reporter didn't say he votes Labour - you'd have had a seizure!
Thanks
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Seems very strange that this could have occurred if the 'elderly' man was driving with due care and attention. Odd how we're keen to fine and chastise those drivers who haven't caused any accidents at all and yet allow those who create this kind of mayhem and destruction to simply pay a slightly increased insurance premium and take no further action against them.[/p][/quote]Amazing rant, based on no information whatsoever other than that the person is 'elderly' - which depending on your definition could just be someone 65 or over. Thank god the reporter didn't say he votes Labour - you'd have had a seizure![/p][/quote]Thanks ChannelX

6:05pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Phantom Poster says...

LordCharles wrote:
This particular house is very vulnerable where it is opoosite a right angled corner. I am surprised it has not been hit before. I doubt if the driver would drive straight into it through speed or stupidity because the road is so narrow there. So I guess either he or the car had some kind of malfunction. Anyway, it is not up to us to judge the situation without knowing what happened or even to judge the situation all. We all make mistakes and are hypocrites if we think we don't.
Hope you're not calling Ringer/ChannelX a hypocrite :-)

Oh, and please don't mention the word 'judge' or you'll set him off on yet another of his favourite rants!
[quote][p][bold]LordCharles[/bold] wrote: This particular house is very vulnerable where it is opoosite a right angled corner. I am surprised it has not been hit before. I doubt if the driver would drive straight into it through speed or stupidity because the road is so narrow there. So I guess either he or the car had some kind of malfunction. Anyway, it is not up to us to judge the situation without knowing what happened or even to judge the situation all. We all make mistakes and are hypocrites if we think we don't.[/p][/quote]Hope you're not calling Ringer/ChannelX a hypocrite :-) Oh, and please don't mention the word 'judge' or you'll set him off on yet another of his favourite rants! Phantom Poster

7:56pm Mon 13 Jan 14

moonraker says...

How can a car collide with a house - unless the house was a mobile home??
How can a car collide with a house - unless the house was a mobile home?? moonraker

8:01pm Mon 13 Jan 14

PJC says...

moonraker wrote:
How can a car collide with a house - unless the house was a mobile home??
You can collide with a static object. Get a dictionary....
[quote][p][bold]moonraker[/bold] wrote: How can a car collide with a house - unless the house was a mobile home??[/p][/quote]You can collide with a static object. Get a dictionary.... PJC

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