Belfast Telegraph

Safety barriers call after two cars end up in garden

By Cate McCurry

A father-of-five has called for safety barriers to be erected outside his home after two cars ploughed through his front garden.

Jimmy Mullan had just left his garden moments before the two cars smashed on the road sending them through trees and hedges at his home in Co Antrim.

Shocking images show the damaged cars lying in the middle of the family garden on the Hannahstown Road.

Mr Mullan banned his children from playing in the area following several incidents in recent years.

The crash happened on Tuesday at around 3pm.

"I had just walked away from that corner of the garden when the cars came through the hedge," Mr Mullan told BBC NI. "One man was trapped in his car and the passenger side of the other man's car was completely crushed.

"This is an ongoing issue. I pulled a family out of a ditch at one stage and about two years ago a man's car came through the trees into the garden."

Mr Mullan has voiced these concerns to the Department of Infrastructure in the past and has again called for safety barriers to be placed outside the garden.

A spokeswoman for the Department said it is "happy to facilitate a meeting". She added: "When assessing sites for the possible introduction of a vehicle restraint system, the department uses national guidelines so that such installations are appropriate, safe and proportionate."

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