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Learner Driver Crashes SUV into Truganina Home with Two Children On Board

Car in to Truganina House

31-year-old driver sustains injuries; children and homeowner unhurt in dramatic crash that left a gaping hole in the house.

On Wednesday morning, an unsupervised learner driver with two children on board crashed an SUV into a house in Truganina. The incident occurred around 8:30 am on June 12 on West Meadows Lane, near the intersection with Gutherie Way. The Haval SUV smashed through a side fence and collided with the house after hitting two other vehicles.

The 31-year-old driver sustained an injured hand, but her two children, aged 11 and 7, and the male occupant of the house were unharmed.

Police believe the crash started when the car hit two vehicles while making a right turn into West Meadows Lane. “That vehicle has then done a 180, she’s panicked and driven straight into the house,” Acting Senior Sergeant Aaron Bryan said.

Homeowner Ari Rana narrowly escaped injury, having been in the living room moments before the SUV crashed into the wall at high speed. “It’s a shock, it’s a shock,” Mr. Rana told reporters. “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, as his wife was at work. He said they would take time to decide what to do with their home, which had to be stabilised by emergency services after the SUV left a gaping hole in one of its walls. “We’ll see what happens after,” he said. “You can’t do much. What’s happened has happened.”

Acting Senior Sergeant Bryan noted that the situation could have been much worse. “At 8:30 this morning, the weather was quite wet, people were riding their bikes and children were walking to school with their parents. So, looking at what’s happened here today, we’re quite lucky that nothing more serious has happened.”

The driver of the SUV is expected to face charges, including careless driving.

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