Learner driver behind house crash

A grey Haval SUV captured before it smashed into a home in Truganina on Wednesday June 12. (supplied) 413405_01

Cade Lucas

An unsupervised learner driver with two children on board, was behind the wheel of an SUV which slammed into the side of a house in Truganina on Wednesday morning.

Emergency services were called to a home on Westmeadows Lane, near the intersection with Guthrie Drive, about 8.30am on June 12, where a Haval SUV had ploughed through a side fence and into the wall of the house having earlier struck two other vehicles.

The 31-year-old driver suffered an injured hand in the crash, but her two children aged 11 and 7, and the male occupant of the home were unhurt.

Police believe the incident began when the car hit two vehicles while making a right hand turn into Westmeadows Lane.

“That vehicle has then done a 180, she’s panicked and driven straight into the house,” Acting Senior Sergeant Aaron Bryan told Channel 7.

Homeowner Ari Rana narrowly avoided injury, having been in the living room only moments before the SUV smashed through the wall at high speed.

“It’s a shock, it’s a shock,” Mr Rana told reporters in the aftermath.

“Nobody expects a car to come into the house and the house destroyed.”

Mr Rana was the only person home at the time of the crash, with his wife at work.

He said they would take time to decide what to do with their home which had to be stabilised by emergency services workers after the SUV left a gaping hole in one of its walls.

We’ll see what happens after,” he said on Channel 7.

“You can’t do much (now). What’s happened has happened.”

Acting Senior Sergeant Bryan said the incident could easily have been much worse.

“At 8.30am this morning the weather was quite wet, people were riding their bikes and children walking to school with their parents, so looking at what’s happened here today, we’re quite lucky that nothing more serious has happened here.”

It’s expected the driver of the SUV will face charges including careless driving.