‘We were so lucky’ say Sheffield’s house snow crash family

Ford Focus ploughed into the house Meersbrook
Ford Focus ploughed into the house Meersbrook
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A family were lucky to escape after a car ploughed into the front room of their home as Sheffield was gripped by snow and ice.

Miraculously, no-one was hurt when the red Ford Focus ploughed into the terrace house on Argyle Road, Meersbrook, reducing the front wall to rubble and destroying a bay window.

Debris from a car after it lost control and skidded into a house on Argyle Road, Meersbrook. Picture: Andrew Roe

Debris from a car after it lost control and skidded into a house on Argyle Road, Meersbrook. Picture: Andrew Roe

Elsewhere, schools were closed and there was travel disruption across the region as a thick covering of snow blanketed Sheffield and the Peak District.

Mum Salmah Zahid, aged 23, was in the house with her husband Abdul Saboor, 25, and their two children, when the driver lost control coming down the steep Bishopscourt Road opposite.

She said: “I was getting my daughter ready for school and I was sitting here when all of a sudden I heard a very loud noise.

“It felt as if the whole house was going to come down.

“Even after the crash the house was still shaking.

“I thought in the back of my mind ‘it must be a car crashing into the house’ and as soon as I got outside I just started screaming.

“I called an ambulance because I thought the driver was really badly injured.”

The accident happened at 8.20am yesterday.

Mrs Zahid said she was thankful her daughter Aafiha Khan, aged five – who had been in the room shortly before the smash – was not hurt.

She said: “I am so glad my daughter wasn’t in there.

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“She usually sits on the sofa and looks out of the window, especially when it snows. She was in that room an hour before the crash.”

Mrs Zahid, who also has an 18-month-old son called Umair Khan, said: “Everything in that room is just gone. The wall and the bay window are gone, it’s just destroyed.

“We have lived here for 14 years and nothing like this has ever happened before.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen to the house.

“The insurance company said they will come and board it up, but I don’t think they can board that up. I don’t know what they can do.”

Mrs Zahid said she called an ambulance and the driver was treated at the scene but was not seriously injured.

She said “He just lost control.

“He said as he came down the road he knew what was going to happen for about 10 seconds, but there was nothing he could do.

“He said this road has always been bad in the snow and there have been problems in the past, but this is the worst it’s ever been.”

The family has called for safety improvements to the area in the wake of the accident.

Mrs Zahid said: “Something needs to be done about this hill. When it snows it needs to be blocked off.

“I’m just so glad that no-one was hurt. Everyone is okay - that’s the main thing.”

Jayne Dunn Cabinet Member for the environment, said: “We were very sorry to hear about the accident that took place at the bottom of Bishopscourt Road in Meersbrook this morning. This road has never been included on the gritting route and we would always encourage all drivers to travel on roads along the gritting route.

“The team had been out working hard since 6pm last night to ensure that all gritting routes (primary and secondary roads) were gritted and passable.

“We grit more than 60 per cent of Sheffield’s roads, which is more than any other local authority in the country.

“We would urge drivers to plan their route and drive to the conditions of the road at all times.”