A COTTAGE near Henley-in-Arden was badly damaged after a sportscar crashed through the front door, trapping the suprised residents - and two dogs - upstairs.
The Toyota Celica left the A3400 Stratford Road in Wootton Wawen just after midnight on Wednesday, (July 22) ploughed through a garden and became embedded in the building.
Police said two men in the car, aged 21 and 22 from south Warwickshire, were injured and taken to hospital.
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene.
An ambulance service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a car embedded in the house. It had gone across the garden, in through the front door and had reached the bottom of the stairs inside.
“Approximately half of the car was inside the house.
“The two men in the vehicle were able to get out of it prior to the arrival of the emergency services.
“The men, who were in their 20s, were both hurt. One had a head and back injuries and multiple cuts and bruises. The other had a possible broken arm, a head injury and a nasty laceration to his back.
“Both were taken to Warwick Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
“Due to the damage caused by the car, the elderly couple inside the house and their two dogs were trapped upstairs.
“Once firefighters had pulled the car out from the house, the specialist paramedics from HART went into the property and assessed the couple. Thankfully they were unhurt, if rather shocked. The dogs too were unhurt.
“The HART paramedics helped the couple and dogs out of the property where further assistance was being arranged for them.
“This was an excellent example of the close co-operation between fire and ambulance services which ensured all of those involved in the incident got the treatment and assistance required.”
A structural engineer was alerted and the entrance to the cottage had to be shored up to prevent the building collapsing.
Firecrews from Stratford-upon-Avon and Alcester attended. “The people in the car were very lucky to escape serious injury,” said Stratford-based watch manager Paul Vale.
“The incident could have been far worse.”