Car still in building a week after crash

Ian Melton looks at the car which is still in his building in High St, Waimate, yesterday. PHOTO:...
Ian Melton looks at the car which is still in his building in High St, Waimate, yesterday. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
When Ian Melton was told a vehicle had struck his High St building in Waimate last Friday, he thought a tractor may have "bumped into" it.

The reality was much different - a car had ploughed through the front of the more than 140-year-old double-brick building, causing significant damage.

Mr Melton, who was not in Waimate at the time, arrived that afternoon after he received a phone call.

"I got here ... and this car was sticking out with his hazard lights still on."

A week later, the vehicle remained wedged under a pile of rubble that was once a small storage area.

That meant the front of the building was in a precarious state.

"They can't shift it. They reckon it's held up by a couple of bricks. If they take it out, they reckon she'll fall down."

Sergeant Kevin Reynolds, of Waimate, said the the 80-year-old driver of the vehicle had failed to stop at the intersection of High and John Sts.

Mr Melton said the driver's insurance would cover the damage, but

"it's been a week and I haven't heard anything. It's a disgrace".

A structural engineer from Timaru and a Waimate District Council staff member inspected the site yesterday.


Only way is get a big toe truck . or digger connect with long cable very slowly pull car out. then when car is pulled out what damage to the building structure can be understood

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