Children’s lucky escape in BMW smash horror

Jackie Regan and Ian Rowley at home with their children
Jackie Regan and Ian Rowley at home with their children

A potential tragedy was averted after a car crashed in a Burnley street, usually full of children playing outside.

Parents Jackie Regan and Ian Rowley told the Express how a BMW crashed into their parked Ford Focus and sent it careering down Venice Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

The damage to the Ford Focus

The damage to the Ford Focus

The couple’s five young children had been playing in the street just an hour before.

Ian (33) said: “We are so lucky the children weren’t playing outside when it happened.

“We had called them in to do a family sweepstake and watch the Grand National around 3pm.

“Then around an hour later we just heard this huge bang. I looked out of the window and saw a BMW where my car should have been. My car had been shifted about 30ft along the street.

There are lots of children play out on this street, so it’s a miracle they were all inside at the time.

Mum Jackie Regan

“The airbags had been deployed on the BMW and the driver looked really shaken.”

Ian immediately rang for a police and ambulance and went outside to check on the driver.

He added: “He seemed really dazed and confused, and couldn’t explain how the crash had happened.

“He said he was a businessman from Salford. Police later told me he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.”

Ian Rowley said that the BMW (left) shunted the Ford Focus about 30 feet

Ian Rowley said that the BMW (left) shunted the Ford Focus about 30 feet

The couple’s children Charlie (12), Leah (9), Madison (8), Dylan (6) and four-year-old Joshua often play outside with other children from the estate, but luckily no-one was outside at the time of the accident.

Jackie (31) said: “Our car is a write-off but the main thing is that no-one was hurt.

“There are lots of children play out on this street, so it’s a miracle they were all inside at the time.”