The ute that crashed into a house on Raceview Street in Raceview Street.
The ute that crashed into a house on Raceview Street in Raceview Street. Rob Williams

Driver crashes into garage

A UTE driven by an allegedly fatigued driver left a trail of destruction before ploughing into an Ipswich home in the early hours of yesterday.

Raceview mum Jolene Munday was left counting her blessings after being blasted out of bed about midnight by the sound of the unwelcome visitor.

The 20-year-old driver allegedly admitted to falling asleep at the wheel while driving north along Raceview Street. As he neared the intersection with Robertson Road, he veered out of his lane, smashed into a parked car, steamrolled a timber fence, and then smashed into the bottom of the high-set Munday residence.

The white ute completely took out two tilting doors and a two-metre-tall brick support structure in the garage, before being stopped in its tracks by a steel support beam.

“I was woken by the bang but I was still half asleep when I heard (the children’s father, Darryl Williams) yelling out for someone to ring the police,” Ms Munday said.

Mr Williams was up watching television when the incident happened.

He rushed downstairs to find

the driver with little more than a scratch on his arm.

“I heard the loudest noise I’ve ever heard – like an aeroplane crash,” he said.

“The first thing I asked him was if he’d been drinking.”

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene, but luckily there were no serious injuries.

Despite being declared structurally sound, the house will require extensive repairs which Ms Munday said could not be carried out until next month.

But she said she was just glad nobody was hurt.

“What if it happened at 8pm and my kids were downstairs playing like they usually do,” she said.

“I’ve had all these awful pictures in my head of what could have happened.”

Ms Munday said the smash served as a timely reminder for motorists to ensure they get plenty of rest before attempting to drive this Christmas.

Police are investigating.

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