Police car in crash with Rhos family's parked vehicles


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A FAMILY was left shocked after waking up to discover a police car had crashed into their parked cars.

Heather Edwards, of Hill Street, Rhos, said she was woken by a knock at the door on Monday morning.

She opened it to find two police officers explaining her Fiat Punto and a Ford Fiesta, belonging to her aunt, Susan Griffiths, had been damaged in a collision.

Mrs Edwards, 27, a hairdresser at Wild About Hair in Wrexham, said she was “gutted” to see the state of her car, which she bought a year ago after passing her test.

She explained she was still in shock when officers revealed it was the police car itself which had caused the damage in the crash, which took place at about 5.30am.

Mrs Edwards and husband Lee, 35, a forklift truck driver for Frank Lloyd’s Haulage in Penley, have a two-year-old daughter, Layla, who was asleep at the time. Mrs Griffiths – who had been visiting the family that night – had decided to stay overnight.

“I think I was already awake when it happened,” Mrs Edwards said. “I recall something jolting me awake so that must have been the impact.

“The police knocked on my door and as I went to answer my auntie shouted ‘Oh my God, the cars are smashed up’ from the front bedroom’.

“The police were explaining to me what had happened and that both the cars were damaged due to a collision. I was shocked as it’s the last thing you expect to be woken up to.

“Then they told me it was the police car which had hit the cars.

“I’m gutted as I’ve only had the Fiat 12 months after passing my test – the garage aren’t sure it can be fixed.”

The incident was cleared away shortly after 7am and one of the police officers travelling in the vehicle was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Mrs Griffiths, 66, who is a retired pharmacuetical nurse at the Maelor Hospital, was staying with the couple on Monday, instead of at her home in Rhostyllen. Her Fiesta was badly damaged in the collision.

She told the Leader: “We still don’t know what happened. I feel sick about it.”

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “We were alerted at 5.35am on Monday to a collision on Hill Street, Rhos, involving a police vehicle and two other vehicles.

“One person was taken to hospital having suffered what are believed to be minor injuries.

“Highways were informed of the incident and the road was clear at 7.01am

“An investigation is continuing into the collision.”

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