A couple have told how they ran for their lives after being woken by a car careering into the front of their house in a horror death crash.
Carl and Julie Jackson, their son and grandchild were awoken by what sounded like ‘an earthquake’ when an out-of-control silver Peugeot crashed into their home in Shafton, Barnsley, in the early hours of Sunday.
The family were sleeping soundly upstairs before the collision, which killed teenage soldier Josh Powell, aged 18, from Grimethorpe.
A 25-year-old man in the car alongside Josh suffered serious injuries when the car hit a lamppost, flipped and landed against the living room of the house in Engine Lane.
Carl, 50, who works for Yorkshire Water, said: “I looked out of the window and saw this car upside down outside our house.
“Our granddaughter and son were in the house so we got them up and all went outside - I was worried the car was going to burst into flames.
“I looked round the front of the house and could see two boys lying in front of our front door.
“They had been thrown out of the car.
“I went and got one of my fire extinguishers to put out the fire on the car.
“The ambulance arrived and the whole street was outside to see what was going on. It was chaos.”
Julie added: “The living room window was smashed in and the room was just covered in glass. The wall round the front of our house, made of bricks and concrete pillars, is smashed to bits.”
Family, friends and former schoolmates continued to post hundreds of tributes to Josh on online social networking websites.
The popular former pupil of Wingworth School became a member of The Light Dragoons regiment after completing his British Army training last year.
Josh had last posted a message of his own on Facebook on Saturday, hours before his death.
It read: “Wish I was just getting on a plane now to Ibiza for two weeks.”
Friend Shari Eland replied after his death: “I think we all wish you were on that plane. Sleep tight, sweetie.”
South Yorkshire Police have asked any witnesses to the crash to call 101.