Baby miraculously escapes serious injury as car ploughs into Morphett Vale home

A 12-MONTH-OLD baby boy miraculously escaped serious injury when a car smashed into a Morphett Vale home and ran over him as he played on the floor yesterday.

Neighbours raced to the house after hearing the thunderous crash and children screaming, fearing the worst.

Janet McMahon said that when she reached the house, one of the car’s occupants had reached down to pick the baby up.

“I heard a screech of brakes, then I heard a bang, then I heard kids screaming, so I came running outside,” she said, sobbing.

“I could see smoke and I heard the kids screaming and crying. Libby, the carer, and the three kids were outside screaming `there’s a baby in the house, there is still a baby in the house’. One of the boys in the car got the baby out. He (the baby) had grease all over him.”

The infant suffered only minor injuries, amazing police and paramedics.

One of the three other children, a girl, two, was taken to hospital as a precaution while two other girls, aged five and seven, were treated at the scene for shock.

Sergeant Dave Ballard said the fact all the children escaped with relatively minor injuries was “amazing”.

“As I understand, the four children were actually playing in the room in the house where the car has gone in,” he said.

“The 12-month-old has actually gone underneath the car, so the car has gone straight over the top of him.

“The fact no one was killed or seriously injured is quiet amazing.”


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