Mitch Barr surveys the damage to his home after a car crashed into the front, narrowly missing his two daughters and their friend. Picture: GLENN ELLARDThree girls were only a minute from disaster on Saturday night as a car crashed into a Worrigee home, demolishing a room which they had just left.Sisters Bethany and Grace Barr and friend Ellie Morrison were in the computer room at the house but left about 11pm to brush their teeth before going to bed.Moments after the three girls, aged from 10 to 15, left the room, a car crashed into the house, destroying the computer room and part of the garage.The girls hadn’t even shut the computer room’s door when the car crashed through walls and windows where they had just been sitting.The Toyota Celica driven by a 22-year-old Sussex Inlet man had become airborne after hitting the scoop drain outside the Myall Close home.The car and driver had been at a party just a short distance along the cul-de-sac, and narrowly avoided a parked car before careering into the Barrs’ house, hitting the gutter and becoming airborne.The car cleared a tiered garden but sheared off the top of a plant nearly 2m from the base, with the top landing on the roof of the home.The Toyota then landed on a car parked in the sloping driveway, before proceeding through windows and walls into the garage and computer room.The driver was later charged with mid-range drink driving, and will face Nowra Local Court in coming weeks.Owner of the house and car that were crushed, Mitch Barr, was yesterday still shaking his head at how close the girls and the driver had come to a tragedy.Looking at the pile of rubble that was once his computer room, “There’s no way they would have got out of that,” Mr Barr said.”I just don’t see how they could have survived if they’d been in there.”Mr Barr said he was not particularly worried about the damage to his house or car, or to all the computer equipment he used in his work in information technology.In fact he believes a large piece of computing equipment, weighing close to 80kg, which was in the car’s path may well have helped stop the vehicle travelling further into the home.”It’s only property and possessions,” Mr Barr said.”It can all be replaced at the end of the day. “You can’t replace kids.”However, Mr Barr said the girls were traumatised by their experience.He said the family may have to move to stop the girls being frightened of a repeat crash.He was particularly worried about eldest daughter Bethany, 15, who was coming up to Year 10 exams at Nowra High School, and was hard hit by the incident because of her efforts to contact her parents.Mr Barr and wife Alison, along with Paul and Paula Morrison, were at a function in North Nowra and were not informed about the accident until later in the evening.The home suffered extensive structural damage during the incident. Mr Barr praised the efforts of emergency service personnel including volunteers from the SES, who turned up at 3.30am to install supports to keep the computer room’s ceiling from collapsing.
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