‘Uninvited guest into our front bedroom’: homeowner likens force of car crash to 1989 Newcastle earthquake

DAMAGE: The New Lambton house where a car crashed through a bedroom wall on Sunday causing minor injuries to one of the homeowners.
DAMAGE: The New Lambton house where a car crashed through a bedroom wall on Sunday causing minor injuries to one of the homeowners.

The homeowner who had a Holden Commodore plough through the front of his house as he and his partner were readying themselves for bed has likened the force of the crash to the 1989 Newcastle earthquake.

Emergency services were called to the scene of a crash on the corner of Russell Road and Royal Place in New Lambton at about 11pm on Sunday night.

They discovered the front of the Commodore embedded in a bedroom wall of the retired couple’s home.

The homeowner, whose wife was preparing to get into bed when the accident happened, says his partner was “showered in debris” when the car smashed through the bedroom wall.

“An almighty bang, a shock passed through the house,” the owner said.

When I walked in, I could see the car, the grill and a good metre of the bonnet that had protruded through the wall.

“It’s not what you expect, the impact was not unlike the earthquake in 1989.

OFF THE ROAD: The scene of the crash on the corner of Russell Road and Royal Place in New Lambton. Picture: Max McKinney.

OFF THE ROAD: The scene of the crash on the corner of Russell Road and Royal Place in New Lambton. Picture: Max McKinney.

“You felt this shudder through the whole house.”

The 73-year-old woman suffered minor injuries in the incident. Her husband said he went outside after checking on his wife to assess the driver’s status. 

“It was a massive impact, he came right through a brick fence,” he said of his concern for the driver.

The uninjured man behind the wheel, Jason Jones, 27, of Adamstown, was breath tested at the scene and returned a negative reading.

He was arrested by police after they discovered he was disqualified from driving until 2030. Mr Jones was charged with drive whilst disqualified and negligent driving.

He was refused bail in Newcastle Local Court on Monday. 

The matter was adjourned to Thursday.