Young soldier dies following horrific crash into side of house


Young soldier dies following horrific crash into side of house

An 18-year-old soldier has died after the car he was travelling in crashed through a wall and rolled into a house in South Yorkshire.

Josh Powell was travelling in the convertible Peugeot 306 with another man when it left the road in Barnsley while negotiating a bend.

The car hit a street lamp, before smashing through a boundary wall and rolling into the front of the house, coming to rest on its roof.

Mr Powell sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene, while the other man, who has not been named, was rushed to hospital with life threatening wounds.

Police say they believe the vehicle was speeding before the crash, but it is not clear who was driving at the time. Both men were thrown clear of the car during the crash.

The owners of the property expressed their sadness at what had happened.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, homeowner Carl Jackson said: "I feel absolutely terrible for the parents of that young lad.

"The police say they believe the car may have been speeding but at the end of the day, a life has been lost.

"We've got damage to the house, but that can be fixed. What's happened to that poor lad can't."

Mr Jackson was in the property with his wife, as well as their son and granddaughter when the crash happened at around 3am on Sunday morning, saying it sounded like an "earthquake" as the car destroyed the wall and smashed windows.

Mr Jackson said: "I looked round the front of the house and could just see two boys lying in front of our front door. They had been thrown out of the car.

"The ambulance arrived within minutes and soon after the police and the fire brigade. By that point, the whole street was outside to see what was going on. It was chaos."