A FAMILY had a lucky escape when a car ploughed through the front porch of their house in the middle of the night, landing just yards from where a 10-year-old boy slept.
Judith Thompson said her son Joel was lucky to be alive after the vehicle ploughed through a hedge and mounted the kerb after the driver had lost control at a roundabout.
The car crashed right into the house on Fernlea Avenue, Oswaldtwistle, around 3am on Sunday morning, demolishing the porch.
Judith, a 30-year-old carer, said that since she moved in last August she has made repeated calls for traffic-calming measures to be placed on High Street but was told that nothing could be done unless somebody was killed or seriously injured.
She said: "It's like a race track there and the neighbours say it's been going on for years. It's a rat run for young drivers who screech around at all times of the night.
"We have been asking for speed humps for ages."
Judith spoke about the terrifying moment the car crashed through her home.
She said: "We were all in bed when the house shook and there was a massive bang.
"We didn't know what was going on.
"We went to the top of the stairs and there was a light shining.
"We didn't know if someone had thrown a bomb.
"A group of lads were there, shouting for us to come to the back door.
"The porch is demolished, it's just rubble.
"It was a terrible shock. I'm still not right now.
"We are lucky the porch was there because if it hadn't been the car would have gone straight into my son's bedroom."
She added that Joel, a pupil of St Andrew's Primary School, Oswaldtwistle, was still frightened on Sunday night and said he didn't want to go to bed.
Also in the house at the time were Judith's partner, two-year-old daughter Lucy and Joel's young friend Lindi Shepherd, 11.
County Councillor Dorothy Westell, who represents Oswaldtwistle, said she was aware of the call for speed bumps to be installed and would be speaking to highways engineers about the issue.
However, she added: "I can ask for this to be looked at but at the end of the day it's down to the drivers.
"It's about educating the drivers but it only takes one."
Police said the male driver had been arrested at the scene and passed a breath test.
He may face charges for other offences.