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Video doorbell captures Mercedes sending 2-tonne gate pillar flying through air
September 2, 2020
A doorbell cam shows how a Mercedes sent a two-tonne gate pillar flying through the air after it smashed into another car before going through a hedge.
A man and a woman were taken to hospital with injuries "not believed to be life-threatening" following the crash in Whitefield, Bury, which also involved a Mitsubishi Colt, Manchester Evening News reports.
Chris Barker was working at his computer at his home on Bury New Road when he heard an "almighty thud" at around 8.10am this morning.
The crash was caught on camera from a "smart doorbell" fitted to his front door.
In the clip, there is a deafening crash followed moments later by the front of the car smashing through the gate and crunching to a halt.
Bits of metal go flying in all directions and the hedges shake from the force of the impact.
"I went running out to the front and as soon as I got to the front door, I saw a car smoking away, impaled in my gateway," Chris said.
He added: "It was a bit scary. We were shaken up. You don't expect it, when you see the damage done you wonder what could have happened.
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"We have got young children, they would normally go out that door at about 8.30am – 20 minutes later."
When Chris went outside, he said saw another badly damaged car in the road.
The car was "smoking", so he opened up all of the doors, checked on the driver, and alerted crews from the fire station opposite.
Police, fire and ambulance crews were sent to the scene.
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The road was closed off for several hours following the smash.
A spokesman for GMP said: "At around 8.10am this morning (Wednesday 02 September 2020), police were called to reports of a collision between a grey Mercedes C220 and a silver Mitsubishi Colt on Bury New Road, Whitefield.
"Emergency services attended and a man and a woman were taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
"No arrests have currently been made and enquiries are ongoing."
A GMFRS spokesperson said: “We were called to reports of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles on Bury New Road, Whitefield, at 8.13am on Wednesday, 2 September.
“Two fire engines from Whitefield and Broughton quickly attended the scene.
“Two casualties were taken to hospital. Crews made the scene safe.
“Firefighters were at the scene for around 40 minutes.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9741 quoting incident number 623 of 02/09/20.
Details can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.