A guy whose house was slammed into by an out-of-control vehicle is grateful that no one in his family was injured.
The scene of the automobile accident on Warspite Avenue in Porirua. Photographer: RNZ / Emma Hatton
At before 11.30 p.m. last night, a car collided with a house on Warspite Avenue in Porirua, killing two individuals.
According to Niraj Prasad, the automobile drove beneath the home and up through the floorboards of the lounge room, where his children had been seated only seconds before.
“We were sitting there, like 30 seconds before it happened … and I had asked the girls to go to bed and they hadn’t even reached the bedroom when the actual thing happened.”
He said they initially thought it was an earthquake.
“We heard the bang … a big bang. At first, I thought it was an earthquake because I felt the house shake and the lounge floor rip apart.
“But there was a bang and then it stopped so I thought it couldn’t be the earthquake but by then the girls were really, really frightened.”
Prasad said he saw the lights shining underneath but did not initially realise it was a car.
“My wife said ‘something has exploded’ and I thought, there’s nothing under the house that can explode, so we walked around the front fence and saw that there was a car inside.
“So I ran and grabbed water in case there was a fire hazard … then the neighbours came out and said ‘is there anyone inside?’ But we just heard nothing.
“About one minute later the police arrived.”
His house, which he has owned and lived on since 2014, was undergoing repairs, but he claimed they would have to be halted due to structural damage to the piles, which could be seen on a slant.
He admitted that explaining what occurred to his children, ages 13 and 9, would be tough.
“It’s really hard to explain what happened … they’ve seen the car but what happened … they don’t know nothing and we aren’t going to tell them because it’s really going to disturb them.”
He expressed his sympathies to the couple and their families.
The cause of the crash is being investigated.