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‘Drunk woman’ survives after crashing car into building and collapsing it

A woman has been arrested on drink-drive charges after the car she was driving struck a house – causing "significant structural damage”.

Although the woman’s BMW was partially covered by rubble she "freed herself from the car” before rescuers arrived and was she treated for minor injuries by paramedics at the scene.

Greater Manchester Police said a woman was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and remains in police custody.

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Alan Fish, who owns an electrical shop near the collapsed property, said he had been in the store just five minutes before the incident. He then said he heard a "loud bang" when the car smashed into the house.

A number of nearby properties were evacuated after the incident on Canterbury Street in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “At around 6.45pm on Thursday 5 January, fire crews were called to reports of a road traffic collision on Canterbury Street, Ashton.

“Two fire engines from Ashton and Stalybridge stations, as well as the technical rescue unit from Ashton, quickly attended the scene. The incident involved a car colliding with a house causing significant structural damage.

“The driver had freed herself from the car prior to crews’ arrival and is being treated at the scene by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

“No other casualties have been reported.

“Firefighters remain in attendance, working with emergency service colleagues and Tameside Council to make the area safe.”

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Greater Manchester Police added: "At 6:45pm on 5/1/23 officers attended a road traffic collision on Canterbury Street in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside.

"A car collided with a building causing part of the building to collapse.

"Officers and emergency services are in attendance and a scene is in place.

"One woman has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and has been taken into police custody as enquiries continue."

Local residents said the same building had already been damaged when it was struck by another vehicle back in September.


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