Mum, I’m glad I didn’t die: family's terrifying wake-up call
UPDATE: 2.30PM: "'MUM, I'm glad I didn't die'."
These are the words Kim Chambers' 14-year-old son Rhys uttered after nearly being hit by an out of control car when it slammed into his family's Gympie home in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
The Ford Falcon careened into the high set home at the corner of Tucker St and Horseshoe Bend just before 3am, obliterating part of the timber fence and smashing through brickwork less than 30cm from where the teenager slept.
Mum Kim said yesterday the moments after being woken up were "terrifying".
"I did think a car had crashed, but I didn't think it was into the house," she said.
It was only when she looked down the back stairs and was greeted by the front of the wrecked Falcon sedan did she realise how close her family had come to tragedy.
"I knew my son was down there," Mrs Chambers said.
"I heard him say 'mum I'm OK' - it was the best three words I've ever heard."
The driver fled, leaving behind two passengers and a mess to clean up.
"We had to get the plumbers out straight away because they knocked out all the plumbing to the toilet," she said.
A corner of the house had to be propped up by emergency services as a result of the damage.
"We didn't sleep well Saturday night."
"He (Rhys) would've had a car on him - let's put it that way."
"Someone was looking out for him."
Police have not yet charged anyone over the crash.
EARLIER 9AM: A CAR that smashed through a fence and into the corner of a Gympie house narrowly missed a sleeping teenage boy, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The car - a Ford Falcon - ploughed into a high-set house on the corner of Horseshoe Bend and Tucker St just before 3am, obliterating part of a high wooden fence and crashing through brick work and wooden panelling on the corner of the house.
It landed "just a foot" from a sleeping teenager, the boy's mother said.
The driver fled the crumpled car, a Gympie police spokesman said and the incident is now under investigation as a "hit and run".
There were no injuries to people inside the house, police confirmed.
The corner of the house was stabilised before the car was removed at 4am and seized by police.