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Watch: Pensioner's terror as van crashes through kitchen window as she watched TV

By Jonathan Bell

The woman who had a van crash through her kitchen window while she sat and watched television in the room, first thought of the welfare of the driver who had fled the scene.

Pensioner Annie Burrell was sitting watching television at around 9.30pm on Sunday in her kitchen when a white van came ploughing through the wall of her Waringstown home.

She described the experience as "very frightening".

"All of a sudden my back window came in and there was a big bang," she said speaking of her ordeal on Monday.

"I was knocked out of the chair onto the floor and when I looked up I could see the front of the van on my work bench.

"There was water running everywhere.

"I was a bit concerned for the driver and hoped they were ok."

Annie, who was awarded the MBE for services to the community in 1997, was treated for shock and suffered minor injuries to her head and arm.

She praised the police and ambulance and all those for their "exceptional" help in the aftermath for their help.

"I was a bit shook up but not too bad now... it could have been a lot worse," she added.

Annie Burrell recovers at her home after a van crashed through her kitchen wall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Annie Burrell recovers at her home after a van crashed through her kitchen wall. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene on the Clare Road in Waringstown where a van crashed into a house on January 29 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

"I just felt disbelief it happened, I just didn't know what was going on."

A 27-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences including dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol in breath and failing to remain where accident occurred causing damage.

He is due to appear at Armagh Magistrates Court on Tuesday February 20.

As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.

After seeing pictures of the incident, DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said it was fortunate no one was killed in the incident.

"Annie is such a kind-hearted person and I know this will shock her to the core. We could very well this morning have been dealing with a loss of life.

"I want to thank those who went to help and to the PSNI for their quick response on apprehending this individual so soon after.

"This has been very frightening and I would ask that people remember the lady in prayer."

Police appealed for information.

Inspector Gregory Beckett said: “The driver of the van made off from the scene but was located by officers a short time later. He remains in custody this morning.

"Anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have seen the Citreon van in the area prior to the time of report is asked to contact police by calling 101, quoting reference 1284 28/01/18.”

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