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Lynn Love

Scots mum horrified as pensioner ploughs car into living room as she watches TV

A Scots mum has been left traumatised after a pensioner ploughed his car into her living room leaving her young daughters trapped upstairs.

Maxine Holland, 36, was alone with her two kids in her home on Anderson Drive, Cowdenbeath, at around 9pm on Sunday, April 10, when a 71-year-old man drove his car through her front window.

Horrified Maxine, who is mum to 10-year-old Courtney and Macey, 4, heard a massive thud before looking up and seeing the bright lights of the car in her living room.

The vehicle was embedded into the front window of the family home and the stunned driver was still inside.

Maxine's husband Gary Holland was at work at the time of the incident and said he received a frantic call from his wife screaming, telling him he needed to come home straight away.

Security guard Gary told the Daily Record: "Maxine got such a fright, as you would expect. She was in total shock at what had just happened.

"She was just sitting watching the TV and bang, a man drives into our house. She said he was speechless too and was just sitting in the car with his mouth wide open. There was dust, rubble and bricks everywhere."

The man's car had hit a wall in the living room which then jammed the door leading the hallway, meaning Maxine could not get upstairs to get her children.

Gary added: "She said was panicking and screaming, worried about their safety too.

"Courtney and Macey didn't know what was going on. They just heard this massive noise and then heard their mum screaming. It's was traumatising for all of them."

A neighbour heard the commotion and came out to help. He was able to forcefully pull the door open and rescue the children from their bedrooms.

"I'm so grateful to the neighbours for helping the girls and Maxine out", Gary added.

"I'm just so glad they are all safe. If the girls had been playing in the living at the time, I dread to think what could have happened.

"Macey usually sits at a wee table at the window colouring in. If she had been doing that when this happened she would have got seriously injured.

"It's frightening to even think what could have happened."

Gary said they have received no explanation as to why this happened and have not been told if an investigation will be carried out to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash.

He said: "We don't know how this happened, we've not had an apology or an explanation from anyone. The man was checked over by paramedics but wasn't taken to the hospital.

"The last I heard from this man's family was when his daughter, I think that's who it was, asked me if she could get the bag of frozen chips he had left in the car because he wanted them for his dinner.

"This was about an hour after it happened. I was speechless. I was standing looking at state of my house and they were thinking about his chips."

The crash has caused extensive damage to the property and it has been deemed unsafe for the family to live in.

They are currently staying at a family member's house whilst their home insurance company sort out the repairs.

Gary added: "The place is an absolute mess. We're not supposed to even go inside to get any of our things because it's unsafe.

"We're staying at my dad's whilst we wait on our insurance sorting everything out.

"The main thing is everyone is okay, but what's happened has caused a lot of trauma to my family and an upheaval.

"I'd like to think it was being investigated."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Officers attended a one vehicle crash on Anderson Drive, Cowdenbeath, at around 9.15pm on Sunday, 10 April, 2022.

"Emergency services attended and the driver of the car, a 71-year-old man, was checked by the ambulance service.

"There will be no further police action."

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