Three escape wreckage of car after it plows into flats in Northampton town centre

The aftermath of the accident in Guildhall Road in the early hours of this morning
The aftermath of the accident in Guildhall Road in the early hours of this morning

An off-duty firefighter rushed to the aid of three people after a car accident in Northampton in the early hours of this morning.

The car veered into a wall at the entrance of the Bloomsbury House car park in Guildhall Road, near the new university halls, at about 1am.

Firefighter Duncan New, who was staying with friends in the flats above, said he was woken by the crash.

He said: “We heard a God almighty bang and I knew there must have been an accident.

“i rushed down six flights of stairs to see what I could do.”

The dark-coloured car had come to rest against the inner wall of the car park entrance and both front air bags had been deployed.

Three people were in the car, all of whom said they were students.

Mr New, who works for a fire service in London and who is involved in car accident reduction campaigns, said: “I just tried to offer them reassurance and keep everyone calm, make sure the scene was safe until the paramedics came.

“There was quite a lot of damage to the car but it could have been far worse. I’ve seen people very seriously injured in similar circumstances. It was a good job they were all wearing seatbelts.”

Mr New sprained his ankle running down the steps but none of the occupants of the car are believed to have been seriously hurt,

The front seat passenger had a facial injuy from the airbag explosion and was taken to hospital but the other two were seemingly uninjured.