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'Miracle' kids survived car crash

SLOW DOWN: Patricia Lockrey and her daughter Florence, 3, can no longer live in their Links Ave, East Ballina home after a car crashed into it, directly under Florence’s bedroom.
SLOW DOWN: Patricia Lockrey and her daughter Florence, 3, can no longer live in their Links Ave, East Ballina home after a car crashed into it, directly under Florence’s bedroom. Doug Eaton

PATRICIA Lockrey believes it was a miracle that none of her children was killed when a car smashed into their East Ballina home on the weekend.

It was the third time in less than 12 months a car has ended up on their property after losing control on the bend on Links Ave.

The latest incident happened about 6pm on Saturday and was the worst so far.

The car crashed through two fences, hit the corner of the house, smashed through the garage door and into Mrs Lockrey's car.

"Unfortunately for our little three-year-old daughter, the chilling bang under her bedroom terrified her," Mrs Lockrey said.

"The bricks on the north-facing wall of her bedroom started to crumble away."

The home has major structural damage that is expected to cost about $90,000 to fix.

In the meantime the family can't live there because the walls could collapse.

Instead Mrs Lockrey, her husband Michael and their children Jacob, 11, Sol, 8, and Florence, 3, are living with neighbours.

But Mrs Lockrey said something must be done about the road's "black spot" before someone is killed.

"Put in speed bumps, or chicanes - anything to slow people down," she said.

"This would have to be the most dangerous road in Ballina. How many other people have had three accidents in their front yard in 12 months?

"What if one of my boys had been playing in the front yard?

"The engineer said that if the car had gone another couple of inches into the house, the whole thing could have come down.

"That's really scary.

"It's actually chilling to think about what could have happened.

"It was so close to being a situation where I was running out of the house to find my little girl dead, and that's something that I can't even begin to comprehend.

"As it is, she's crying every night."

Mrs Lockrey has urged drivers to slow down on Links Ave, which has a 50kmh speed limit.

"We have a school, childcare facilities and shops nearby, and bike riders, pedestrians, scooters and families are constantly using the footpath which out of control cars have frequently crossed," she said.

"This corner is a death trap and someone can help.

"Our house can be fixed, but someone could be killed. I am not going to stop until something is done."

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