Real drama in front of TV

OLWEN Henry was watching television in her lounge room when a delivery van crashed through the wall of her house in Boundary Street on Thursday evening.

"It was a real shock. You've no idea," the 100-year-old said.

"You're just sitting there watching telly and all of a sudden this explosion happens and half the house comes down."

"It was so loud. It was deafening. And I couldn't stop shaking."

The vehicle came out of Brolga Street, directly opposite the house, mounted the kerb and ploughed through shrubs in the front garden before lodging in the wall of the brick building at about 5.40pm.

Police said the driver was not affected by drugs or alcohol.

Mrs Henry was shaken by the ordeal but physically unharmed. 

"After I could pick myself up I went to the door but couldn't see anyone, so I rang my neighbour," she said.

Another neighbour called the police, and other emergency services were quick to arrive at the scene.

"The police, the ambos, the firies, and the shire, too, were there like that," said Mrs Henry's relative Christine O'Donoghue.

"They were so caring and concerned. I was very impressed." 

A structural engineer inspected the property and arrange for it to be secured before the van could be removed.

"You read about it in the papers and see it on the TV but you don't know what it's like until it happens to you," she said.

But the centenarian was in a good frame of mind. 

"There's no point in being upset about it. There's nothing you can do," she said.

Olwen Henry was shaken but unscathed by a van crashing into her lounge room.

Olwen Henry was shaken but unscathed by a van crashing into her lounge room.

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