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Driver loses control and crashes car through doors of village hall

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A car has careered into a parish hall in a Derbyshire village causing thousands of pounds’ worth of damage. Eyewitnesses have told Derbyshire Live that a teenager with a provisional driving licence lost control of the vehicle and smashed into Hilton village hall this afternoon while “having a go” in their mum’s car.

The apparent car park driving lesson ended in disaster with the red Volkswagen hatchback crashing through the entrance of the building at around 4.30pm today, Thursday, September 1. Among those first on the scene was resident Marc Evanz who took the picture of the vehicle wedged in the entrance. He and his partner helped those trapped in the car escape from the wreckage.

He said: “I was out in the garden with my partner and we just heard this explosion. It sounded like a gas explosion so we went out to the front of the house and saw people running round and the car had gone into the building.

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“There was a female with her daughter and a little boy in the car. I went to get the boot up so they could climb out. The boy had a injury on his face.

“The car had gone through the main entrance and all the glass has gone and it’s cracked the glass on the other door and the main structure of the wall. It’s all going to have to be replaced.”

Another witness, Mark Evans, 45, an HGV driver who lives two doors down from the hall on Peacroft Lane believes that the incident was a driving lesson that ended very badly.

He said: “I heard a huge crashing sound from my house. It was a mother picking up her children from the park and her teenage daughter with a provisional licence decided she wanted to have a go in the car. It went straight through, perfectly straight actually into the doors.”



Recovery work takes place after a car crashed into Hilton village hall
Recovery work takes place after a car crashed into Hilton village hall

Derbyshire police attended the incident in Peacroft Lane, Hilton, at around 4.30pm today, Thursday, September 1, with recovery taking place at around 6.15pm.

Two police patrol cars attended the scene, and officers in attendance told our reporter they were not sure at present as to what had led to the vehicle driving into the centre’s glass doors.

Chairman of the hall for seven years, Sian Davies, who was working out how the doors would be fixed shortly after the crash, said: “It looks like someone has pressed the accelerator instead of the brake”.

Derbyshire Live understands that nobody was badly injured in the accident.

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