Man escapes injury after car crashes into house
A GOONELLABAH man has escaped uninjured after a car slammed into the house just metres from where he was sleeping early yesterday morning.
The man was asleep in the garage of the Rous Rd house at about 6.45am yesterday when a white Ford Falcon sedan crashed into a black car parked in the driveway.
The black car was rammed into the house before the white vehicle came to rest on its roof.
The man, who was asleep in the garage at the time, was uninjured but the occupants of the overturned vehicle were not so fortunate.
Two women and a man were treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital.
A second man who allegedly left the scene before emergency personnel arrived was late yesterday also being treated after presenting at the hospital.
Neighbour Sherrell Blackney said she was stunned by the scene after being jolted out of bed by the noise of the crash.
"I got up and saw the white car on its roof and it was not a nice sight," she said. "Then a lady in the car ran across from the wreckage and collapsed near a telegraph pole.
"She was moaning and groaning in pain.
"Then two other people climbed out of the wreckage and walked over to the woman.
"There was also another woman to the right of the car laying on the ground."
Lismore Police Sergeant Craig Ahrens said all four occupants of the car, thought to be aged in their 20s and 30s, would undergo mandatory blood and urine testing in hospital.
He said it could be several weeks before the results of the tests were known.
Sgt Ahrens said two people had been inside the house at the time of the incident and, while they were shaken, they were not hurt.
The house sustained significant structural damage to the front lounge room and garage.
Ballina Crash Investigators spent the morning at the scene attempting to piece together what had happened.
Sgt Ahrens said anyone who saw the crash, or observed the vehicle prior to the incident should contact Crash Investigators.
Police said anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.