Lancashire TelegraphVIDEO: Runaway BMW plunges into Blackburn river (From Lancashire Telegraph)

When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.

VIDEO: Runaway BMW plunges into Blackburn river

Lancashire Telegraph: VIDEO: Runaway BMW plunges into Blackburn river VIDEO: Runaway BMW plunges into Blackburn river

A BMW rolled down a hill, smashed through a back yard and two fences, before plummeting 15ft into a river, and landing on its roof.

The black 1 Series 56 registered car was written off after the handbrake failed.

Shocked owner Aisha Bagdadi said she had only popped into her friend’s house, in Progress Avenue, Blackb-urn, for five minutes.

When she left the property, shortly after 6pm on Tuesday, her car had gone and was later found upside down in the Riv- er Blakewater. The 29-year-old mother-of-one said: “The car was parked up and I definitely put the handbrake on. It must have failed.

“When I came out of my friend’s house, there were loads of police and, for a minute, I thought the car had been stolen, or that my husb-and was playing a joke on me.

“There was all sorts going through my head. I asked someone if there was a car in the river. They said ‘yes’ and I knew it was my car.

 

MORE TOP STORIES

VIDEO: Man filmed trying to sell sex act for £40 in Burnley car park

Rovers urge fans to buy Bolton tickets

Rovers boss: We’ve got our recruitment right

 

“The police said it is one of those things, an accident, it happens.”

Fire crews, police, and an ambulance, were called to the scene, in the Little Harwood area of the town, although it was soon discovered there was nobody in the car.

A recovery team yesterday worked to lift the BMW out of the culvert Khalid Esat, whose garden the car tore through, said it was lucky nobody had been killed.

The 29-year-old of Chur-ch Hill Street, who is due to start work at Blackb-urn Youth Zone, said: “We were very, very lucky nothing major happen-ed. It could have been fatal.

“The lady was dropp-off a friend. She just went inside the house and the car came zooming down the street. There was nobody inside the car, nobody walking past, and no cars, thank God.

“It took off the front end of my fence, the boulders and posts, went through the gard-en onto the other side, and then into the wat-er upside down.”

Comments (21)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:11am Thu 27 Feb 14

Lionsroar says...

I think someone needs typing lessons
I think someone needs typing lessons Lionsroar
  • Score: 50

10:23am Thu 27 Feb 14

A Darener says...

Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.
Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill. A Darener
  • Score: 59

10:33am Thu 27 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

A Darener wrote:
Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.
Handbrakes have been known to fail, so this is good advice. The police are quoted as saying that this was an accident so one would assume that the handbrake was in the 'on' position when it was recovered.
A cautionary tale for us all to learn from.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.[/p][/quote]Handbrakes have been known to fail, so this is good advice. The police are quoted as saying that this was an accident so one would assume that the handbrake was in the 'on' position when it was recovered. A cautionary tale for us all to learn from. HarryBosch
  • Score: 11

10:41am Thu 27 Feb 14

Biggy12 says...

Will It' Tcut out ?
Will It' Tcut out ? Biggy12
  • Score: 14

11:49am Thu 27 Feb 14

Frisson says...

A Darener wrote:
Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.
My instructor taught me that. Put the car into the opposite gear on the incline of the hill depending on which way the car is facing also with the handbrake on. It wont move anywhere then. It was a woman so I would imagine that she didnt put it on high enough
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.[/p][/quote]My instructor taught me that. Put the car into the opposite gear on the incline of the hill depending on which way the car is facing also with the handbrake on. It wont move anywhere then. It was a woman so I would imagine that she didnt put it on high enough Frisson
  • Score: 10

12:04pm Thu 27 Feb 14

woolywords says...

A Darener wrote:
Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.
Have a tatty, old Highway Code that gives the same advice.
Of course, hills were steeper back then.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.[/p][/quote]Have a tatty, old Highway Code that gives the same advice. Of course, hills were steeper back then. woolywords
  • Score: 8

12:35pm Thu 27 Feb 14

darwenTower says...

A Darener wrote:
Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.
I'd agree with leaving the car in gear, not a fan of people leaving their parked cars with full lock on and wheels sticking out though.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.[/p][/quote]I'd agree with leaving the car in gear, not a fan of people leaving their parked cars with full lock on and wheels sticking out though. darwenTower
  • Score: 13

3:02pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Viv says...

Frisson wrote:
A Darener wrote:
Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.
My instructor taught me that. Put the car into the opposite gear on the incline of the hill depending on which way the car is facing also with the handbrake on. It wont move anywhere then. It was a woman so I would imagine that she didnt put it on high enough
What has the fact that it was a woman driving got to do with it?

Are women somehow to weak and to be trusted to put a handbrake on?

I'm glad no one was injured and I'm sure this driver will be more cautious about how they park in future.
[quote][p][bold]Frisson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.[/p][/quote]My instructor taught me that. Put the car into the opposite gear on the incline of the hill depending on which way the car is facing also with the handbrake on. It wont move anywhere then. It was a woman so I would imagine that she didnt put it on high enough[/p][/quote]What has the fact that it was a woman driving got to do with it? Are women somehow to weak and to be trusted to put a handbrake on? I'm glad no one was injured and I'm sure this driver will be more cautious about how they park in future. Viv
  • Score: 6

3:25pm Thu 27 Feb 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

Viv wrote:
Frisson wrote:
A Darener wrote:
Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.
My instructor taught me that. Put the car into the opposite gear on the incline of the hill depending on which way the car is facing also with the handbrake on. It wont move anywhere then. It was a woman so I would imagine that she didnt put it on high enough
What has the fact that it was a woman driving got to do with it?

Are women somehow to weak and to be trusted to put a handbrake on?

I'm glad no one was injured and I'm sure this driver will be more cautious about how they park in future.
As a matter of fact, without trying to sound sexist, this is something that I have found with nearly every woman I have known over the years... They haven't left the car in gear when stationary and when I've pointed it out, they give an excuse like 'I always forget when I get in the car that it's in gear'.... Either that, or I have driven their car and got a rollocking because they got in and didn't check that I had let it in gear before starting the engine!!

Something I have never really pointed out, other than the person at the time, but I guess this is a perfect time to do so!

Just to clarify to myself, I work in a team of 6 lads and asked the same question about each of their wives and if they leave the car in gear... Each one said they don't....

Like I say, I'm not being sexist, just check next time you are in the car with a bloke and also with women and you will be able to make your own judgement
[quote][p][bold]Viv[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frisson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Always leave a car parked in gear with the wheels turned towards the kerb were possible, especially on a hill.[/p][/quote]My instructor taught me that. Put the car into the opposite gear on the incline of the hill depending on which way the car is facing also with the handbrake on. It wont move anywhere then. It was a woman so I would imagine that she didnt put it on high enough[/p][/quote]What has the fact that it was a woman driving got to do with it? Are women somehow to weak and to be trusted to put a handbrake on? I'm glad no one was injured and I'm sure this driver will be more cautious about how they park in future.[/p][/quote]As a matter of fact, without trying to sound sexist, this is something that I have found with nearly every woman I have known over the years... They haven't left the car in gear when stationary and when I've pointed it out, they give an excuse like 'I always forget when I get in the car that it's in gear'.... Either that, or I have driven their car and got a rollocking because they got in and didn't check that I had let it in gear before starting the engine!! Something I have never really pointed out, other than the person at the time, but I guess this is a perfect time to do so! Just to clarify to myself, I work in a team of 6 lads and asked the same question about each of their wives and if they leave the car in gear... Each one said they don't.... Like I say, I'm not being sexist, just check next time you are in the car with a bloke and also with women and you will be able to make your own judgement ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 5

3:34pm Thu 27 Feb 14

A Darener says...

There's a lot to be said for automatics!
There's a lot to be said for automatics! A Darener
  • Score: 4

4:05pm Thu 27 Feb 14

woolywords says...

A Darener wrote:
There's a lot to be said for automatics!
Highway codes says to select, Park, when parking on an hill.

Can I suggest that some find out, from their local MoT Test Centre, just how poor the handbrake is under test, when compared to the main brakes, and yet will still pass the examination, as it's scary, to be honest.

Or read this..
http://www.motuk.co.
uk/manual_3100.htm
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: There's a lot to be said for automatics![/p][/quote]Highway codes says to select, Park, when parking on an hill. Can I suggest that some find out, from their local MoT Test Centre, just how poor the handbrake is under test, when compared to the main brakes, and yet will still pass the examination, as it's scary, to be honest. Or read this.. http://www.motuk.co. uk/manual_3100.htm woolywords
  • Score: 3

4:13pm Thu 27 Feb 14

A Darener says...

When I have hired American cars in the US they use the foot brake as a parking brake. When parked You press it and it locks. On return you manually unlock it. Perhaps a lesson to be learnt by other car manufacturers.
When I have hired American cars in the US they use the foot brake as a parking brake. When parked You press it and it locks. On return you manually unlock it. Perhaps a lesson to be learnt by other car manufacturers. A Darener
  • Score: 1

5:59pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Just an observer says...

But who gonna pay for repairs to fences? when proved car not at fault.
But who gonna pay for repairs to fences? when proved car not at fault. Just an observer
  • Score: -1

7:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

trevhd says...

A Darener wrote:
When I have hired American cars in the US they use the foot brake as a parking brake. When parked You press it and it locks. On return you manually unlock it. Perhaps a lesson to be learnt by other car manufacturers.
I have a footbrake parking brake quite tricky doing hill starts not enough feet
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: When I have hired American cars in the US they use the foot brake as a parking brake. When parked You press it and it locks. On return you manually unlock it. Perhaps a lesson to be learnt by other car manufacturers.[/p][/quote]I have a footbrake parking brake quite tricky doing hill starts not enough feet trevhd
  • Score: 0

9:08pm Thu 27 Feb 14

sharonAccy says...

As a female driver I can clarify I do always pull the hand brake up as far as possible and leave in gear appropriate for which way car is on the road, even if not on a hill

However hopefully this will highlight this to more drivers who don't
As a female driver I can clarify I do always pull the hand brake up as far as possible and leave in gear appropriate for which way car is on the road, even if not on a hill However hopefully this will highlight this to more drivers who don't sharonAccy
  • Score: 5

11:54am Fri 28 Feb 14

ishy40 says...

this was a lucky escape for the family , few feet away from crashing into the house, but miracle does work and god saved the family because at the time of the accident was reciting the buitiful surah yasin from quran, never got a apology from the person who left hand not safe !!!
this was a lucky escape for the family , few feet away from crashing into the house, but miracle does work and god saved the family because at the time of the accident was reciting the buitiful surah yasin from quran, never got a apology from the person who left hand not safe !!! ishy40
  • Score: -3

4:05pm Fri 28 Feb 14

onsidecobra says...

Lionsroar wrote:
I think someone needs typing lessons
"The lady was dropp-off a friend". What does that mean?
[quote][p][bold]Lionsroar[/bold] wrote: I think someone needs typing lessons[/p][/quote]"The lady was dropp-off a friend". What does that mean? onsidecobra
  • Score: 0

8:35am Sat 1 Mar 14

keybo5 says...

I,m sure the drivers insurance assessors will find out if the handbrake was faulty or not ,Presuming the driver makes an claim.As has been said though glad nobody was injured
I,m sure the drivers insurance assessors will find out if the handbrake was faulty or not ,Presuming the driver makes an claim.As has been said though glad nobody was injured keybo5
  • Score: 1

4:18pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Just had my insurance renewal & pay a massive premium for my BB postcode even though I live in a quiet area, the insurance company said they can't insure anyone in the BB1 area anymore because of all the pakistani's scamming the insurance companies, Hopefully the insurance assessor will see through this and cancel her policy. Why should we pay for these people?
Just had my insurance renewal & pay a massive premium for my BB postcode even though I live in a quiet area, the insurance company said they can't insure anyone in the BB1 area anymore because of all the pakistani's scamming the insurance companies, Hopefully the insurance assessor will see through this and cancel her policy. Why should we pay for these people? Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 0

11:13am Wed 5 Mar 14

Otherhand says...

Richard Pembrook wrote:
Just had my insurance renewal & pay a massive premium for my BB postcode even though I live in a quiet area, the insurance company said they can't insure anyone in the BB1 area anymore because of all the pakistani's scamming the insurance companies, Hopefully the insurance assessor will see through this and cancel her policy. Why should we pay for these people?
Or maybe its the white christian english gangs that steal cars and joy ride them around estates. Or the white English drug addicts that break into cars and steal the sat navs. Mmmmm. But obviously in your stupid ignorant brain the white English Christian community don't commit crimes.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Pembrook[/bold] wrote: Just had my insurance renewal & pay a massive premium for my BB postcode even though I live in a quiet area, the insurance company said they can't insure anyone in the BB1 area anymore because of all the pakistani's scamming the insurance companies, Hopefully the insurance assessor will see through this and cancel her policy. Why should we pay for these people?[/p][/quote]Or maybe its the white christian english gangs that steal cars and joy ride them around estates. Or the white English drug addicts that break into cars and steal the sat navs. Mmmmm. But obviously in your stupid ignorant brain the white English Christian community don't commit crimes. Otherhand
  • Score: -2

7:37pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Otherhand wrote:
Richard Pembrook wrote:
Just had my insurance renewal & pay a massive premium for my BB postcode even though I live in a quiet area, the insurance company said they can't insure anyone in the BB1 area anymore because of all the pakistani's scamming the insurance companies, Hopefully the insurance assessor will see through this and cancel her policy. Why should we pay for these people?
Or maybe its the white christian english gangs that steal cars and joy ride them around estates. Or the white English drug addicts that break into cars and steal the sat navs. Mmmmm. But obviously in your stupid ignorant brain the white English Christian community don't commit crimes.
As far as I know a roundabout near blackburn was THE most common place for whiplash injuries in the whole country! The perpetrators where a pakistani gang who over the past few years have embezzled millions from insurance companies. One of the gang even got caught doing two on the same day. My wife had a pakistani driver try it with her on Whitebirk roundabout.
[quote][p][bold]Otherhand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Pembrook[/bold] wrote: Just had my insurance renewal & pay a massive premium for my BB postcode even though I live in a quiet area, the insurance company said they can't insure anyone in the BB1 area anymore because of all the pakistani's scamming the insurance companies, Hopefully the insurance assessor will see through this and cancel her policy. Why should we pay for these people?[/p][/quote]Or maybe its the white christian english gangs that steal cars and joy ride them around estates. Or the white English drug addicts that break into cars and steal the sat navs. Mmmmm. But obviously in your stupid ignorant brain the white English Christian community don't commit crimes.[/p][/quote]As far as I know a roundabout near blackburn was THE most common place for whiplash injuries in the whole country! The perpetrators where a pakistani gang who over the past few years have embezzled millions from insurance companies. One of the gang even got caught doing two on the same day. My wife had a pakistani driver try it with her on Whitebirk roundabout. Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree