Shock as Volvo rips into house porch

Police are investigating the nature of the crash in Byfield Court, Norwich. Inset, Berners Street neighbour Matthew Hubble

Police are investigating the nature of the crash in Byfield Court, Norwich. Inset, Berners Street neighbour Matthew Hubble at the scene of the incident - Credit: Maya Derrick

Neighbours are questioning how a car ploughed into the side of a house on a sleepy city side street, causing significant damage to the porch.

A Volvo XC90 crashed into the side of a home in Byfield Court in NR3, and emergency services were called at around 7.40pm on Tuesday.

A police spokeswoman confirmed officers are investigating the crash.

The Volvo XC90 remains on scene on Wednesday morning

The Volvo XC90 remains on scene on Wednesday morning - Credit: Maya Derrick

Katie Severson has lived next door with her young family for around 18 months.

She said: "We heard a massive crash around 7.30pm.

"We were putting my four-year-old son to bed. We laid down in the dark together and were on the verge of falling asleep before hearing this massive boom that startled everyone awake.

"A fire engine arrived and was stationed outside our window.

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"It was really scary to look at the aftermath. I'm just glad that no one was hurt.

The Volvo crashed into the side of Byfield Court, Norwich on Tuesday evening

The Volvo XC90, which belongs to a neighbour in Berners Street, crashed into the side of a home in Byfield Court, Norwich on Tuesday evening - Credit: Archant

"The gas lines had to be checked because our fitting is right in the porch. They were drilling until around 10.30pm with a jackhammer.

"It was incredibly loud."

Ms Severson is eager for answers.

She added: "It really doesn't make sense how something could've crashed so hard at that angle.

"It's a quiet side street, you can't be going that fast."

Berners Street neighbour Byron Read came home at 11.30pm to find the street full of emergency workers.

"They were pulling the car from the house," he said.

Neighbour Byron Read came home at 11.30pm to fire crews and police on scene, as well as gas engineers

Neighbour Byron Read came home at 11.30pm to fire crews and police on scene, as well as gas engineers - Credit: Maya Derrick

"There were two police cars and the street was filled with gas engineers."

Steven Macintosh lives opposite where the crash happened, and described how he came home to "absolute chaos".

He said: "I picked up my wife from bingo around 9pm. We were shocked to see what had happened.

"We just hope that everybody's OK."

A cordon remains in place at the scene of the incident

A cordon remains in place at the scene of the incident - Credit: Archant

No injuries were reported.

Matthew Hubble lives further up Berners Street and was first alerted to the crash when the fire brigade showed up.

"The street was filled with lights," he said.

"I've lived here for 20 years and have never seen anything like this.

Matthew Hubble of Berners Street questions how such dramatic damage could be done by a car to the house in Byfield Court

Matthew Hubble - who lives further down Berners Street - questions how such dramatic damage could be done by a car to the house, which sits on the corner of Byfield Court - Credit: Maya Derrick

"It's quite dramatic.

"I don't know how you would get enough speed to knock a porch down. It's baffling."



Insulation from the porch walls has been blown all over Berners Street and Byfield Court following the crash

Insulation from the porch walls has been blown all over Berners Street and Byfield Court following the crash - Credit: Maya Derrick

The owner of the car - who lives on Berners Street -  and the person living at the house involved in the crash did not wish to comment.