/Devon family suffer 17th car smash into their home in last three years

Devon family suffer 17th car smash into their home in last three years

Family suffer 17th car smashing into their house in last three years as driver demolishes their bathroom and bedroom in ‘almighty crash’

  • A car has ploughed through the Munns family home in North Devon on Sunday  
  • This is the 17th time a car has smashed into their home in the last three years  
  • Kathryn Munns said it was an ‘almighty crash, I’ve never heard anything like it’
  • The Munns are demanding Devon County Council make safety improvements 

A family is fuming after a car smashed into their home for the 17th time in the last three years.

Kathryn Munns and her family are demanding Devon County Council make safety improvements at Berry Down Cross in North Devon after a car ploughed in to their house again on Sunday at 11.30pm.

The motorist, a 36-year-old man from Harrogate who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, was driving at speed down the A3123 and failed to make sharp the left turn to continue to on the road. 

Instead the driver rammed into the Munns’ home, demolishing their bathroom and a bedroom. Thankfully no one was in either room at the time of the crash.

Kathryn Munns and her family are demanding Devon County Council make safety improvements at Berry Down Cross in North Devon after a car ploughed in to their house again on Sunday at 11.30pm (Pictured: Kathryn's mother Sue Pile)

Kathryn Munns and her family are demanding Devon County Council make safety improvements at Berry Down Cross in North Devon after a car ploughed in to their house again on Sunday at 11.30pm (Pictured: Kathryn's mother Sue Pile)

Kathryn Munns and her family are demanding Devon County Council make safety improvements at Berry Down Cross in North Devon after a car ploughed in to their house again on Sunday at 11.30pm (Pictured: Kathryn’s mother Sue Pile)

Speaking of the night of the crash Ms Munns said: ‘I cannot describe the noise because it was so harrowing. We heard this almighty crash, I’ve never heard anything like it. The whole wall was gone and the house is completely open.

‘If someone had been in the bathroom… well it doesn’t bear thinking about.

‘The driver is lucky he hasn’t died. How he came out of it I don’t know. We are all a but numb and cannot believe this has happened again.

Ms Munn explained that cars driving down the road often go too fast and ‘completely miss the bend’ and ‘plough straight into our house.’ 

This comes after a motorist, driving at speed down the A3123, on Sunday, failed to make sharp the left turn. Instead he rammed into the Munns' home, crashing into their bathroom and a bedroom which was empty at the time of the crash (incident pictured)

This comes after a motorist, driving at speed down the A3123, on Sunday, failed to make sharp the left turn. Instead he rammed into the Munns' home, crashing into their bathroom and a bedroom which was empty at the time of the crash (incident pictured)

This comes after a motorist, driving at speed down the A3123, on Sunday, failed to make sharp the left turn. Instead he rammed into the Munns’ home, crashing into their bathroom and a bedroom which was empty at the time of the crash (incident pictured)

The red arrow on the man shows car driving down A3123 and the sharp left hand bend that needs to be made to continue on the road. Ms Munn explained that cars driving down the road often go too fast, 'completely miss the bend' and 'plough straight into our house'

The red arrow on the man shows car driving down A3123 and the sharp left hand bend that needs to be made to continue on the road. Ms Munn explained that cars driving down the road often go too fast, 'completely miss the bend' and 'plough straight into our house'

The red arrow on the man shows car driving down A3123 and the sharp left hand bend that needs to be made to continue on the road. Ms Munn explained that cars driving down the road often go too fast, ‘completely miss the bend’ and ‘plough straight into our house’

‘We moved here three years ago and since then we have had 17 incidents. Four of them have been major, the majority have been minor ones where the house has been knocked into,’ she added.

She also expressed anger at Devon County Council who she said has: ‘treated us appallingly.’

‘Is it going to take my mum, my stepdad or me being killed by someone missing the bend again? This is a 30mph road and no one drives at 30mph on it.’ 

Ms Munns added: ‘You hears cars going past the house so fast and it makes us tense up. The warning signs are faded and they don’t work and the house is in such a vulnerable position.

Over the past three years the Munns' house has been ploughed into 17 times. Ms Munn said: Four of them have been major, the majority have been minor ones where the house has been knocked into' (Pictured: accident from February 2017)

Over the past three years the Munns' house has been ploughed into 17 times. Ms Munn said: Four of them have been major, the majority have been minor ones where the house has been knocked into' (Pictured: accident from February 2017)

Over the past three years the Munns’ house has been ploughed into 17 times. Ms Munn said: Four of them have been major, the majority have been minor ones where the house has been knocked into’ (Pictured: accident from February 2017)

She also expressed anger at Devon County Council who she said has: 'treated us appallingly' (Pictured: accident from December 2018)

She also expressed anger at Devon County Council who she said has: 'treated us appallingly' (Pictured: accident from December 2018)

She also expressed anger at Devon County Council who she said has: ‘treated us appallingly’ (Pictured: accident from December 2018)

‘It’s going to take one of us to be killed – it’s getting ridiculous.’

Back in December, a car ploughed into their property, crashing into three parked cars and writing off two cars.

In July 2018, a lorry carrying hay bales crashed into the Munns’ residence causing a gutter to be displaced.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were called out to Combe Martin on Sunday night and the fire service stabilised the house. No one was hurt.

A lorry carrying hay bales crashed into the Munns' residence causing a gutter to be displaced (Pictured: accident from July 2018)

A lorry carrying hay bales crashed into the Munns' residence causing a gutter to be displaced (Pictured: accident from July 2018)

A lorry carrying hay bales crashed into the Munns’ residence causing a gutter to be displaced (Pictured: accident from July 2018)

The police said: ‘A 36-year-old man from Harrogate was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.’ 

A Devon County Council spokesman said: ‘The whole of the A3123 is currently subject to review and as part of that we have had talks with the homeowner about general improvements to the Berry Down junction. 

‘We will look to continue these discussions as designs are progressed.’ 

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