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Man Saved from Car Crashing into His House by Running Late

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Here’s one guy who has an excellent excuse to tell his boss why he’s late to work: Karl Highton of Manchester, England, avoided being in a car crash by being upstairs in his home when a car careened into his front porch. You can almost imagine the conversation:

“Hey, I’m going to be a little late.”

“Why? You break a leg or something?”

“Someone demolished the front of my house with their car.”

“Take your time.”

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Normally, if Highton weren’t running late, he would have been leaving the house about the time the car hit. Instead, he hadn’t left the top floor yet.

“I heard a screeching of wheels on tarmac, then a bang as the car hit next door,” he said. “Then there was an almighty bang as it went into our house. My initial reaction had been that it was a collision on the road but I look down through the window and the porch roof wasn’t there.”


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Highton’s porch roof had relocated a few yards out onto the road.

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“Had I been a few minutes earlier I could have been in the porch when the car hit,” he added. “I’m very grateful I wasn’t.”