Larne fire engine crash: Yesterday I worried if my car would pass MOT ... look at it now

Eilish Gorman's Mazda car was parked 20 yards down the road before it was smashed and overturned by the driver of the stolen fire engine at Glenarm Road, Larne, around 4.30am on Saturday

Eilish Gorman's Mazda car was parked 20 yards down the road before it was smashed and overturned by the driver of the stolen fire engine at Glenarm Road, Larne, around 4.30am on Saturday

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A woman whose car was overturned when a stolen fire engine smashed into it this morning said wryly: “Yesterday, I was worried whether it would get through the MOT next week.”

Like most of her neighbours, Eilish Gorman is still in shock as police and Fire and Rescue personnel examine the scene of the bizarre crash that took place at 4.30am.

Glenarm Road resident Eilish Gorman

Glenarm Road resident Eilish Gorman

“I didn’t hear a thing, but my husband heard it and thought it must have been a bomb,” said Mrs Gorman.

“This is a quiet area. The road is busy during the day, but it’s very quiet at night.

“Most of the people who live here are elderly and we’re not used to this kind of thing. I think everybody is in a state of shock, but thankfully nobody was hurt, and that is the main thing.”

Mrs Gorman’s black Mazda was overturned and shunted 30 yards along the road by the impact. Looking at the crumpled wreckage this morning, she said: “It’s hard to believe it’s the same car I went shopping in yesterday. To think I was worried about it getting through its MOT next week.”

The stolen fire tender hiit a line of parked cars and demolished garden walls. It came to a halt blocking the entrance to house on Glenarm Road. INLT 10-629-CON

The stolen fire tender hiit a line of parked cars and demolished garden walls. It came to a halt blocking the entrance to house on Glenarm Road. INLT 10-629-CON

Structural damage was caused to the Larne fire and rescue station at Agnew Street as the £200,000 tender was stolen. A folding door was hit and brickwork on the front wall has shifted.

On Glenarm Road, at least six cars parked on the road were damaged. Some show the signs of severe sideways blows caused as the tender scraped past.

Mrs Gorman’s car ended up resting on its bonnet on the footpath.

Another car was pushed into the middle of the road, facing in the opposite direction before the fire engine finally came to a halt against the front door of a mid-terrace house.

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