Manchester: Building collapses into street after being hit by car –

A building has collapsed after it was struck by a car in Greater Manchester this evening.
Furniture and bricks have piled up over the vehicle with a police cordon now in place.
The car, thought to be a BMW 2 series Gran Coupé, still has its brake lights on in photos emerging from the scene.
Police and ambulance crews rushed to the crash site, at the corner of Canterbury Street and Cowhill Lane in Ashton-under-Lyne, near Oldham.
A spokeswoman from Greater Manchester Police told ‘A car collided with a building following which part of the building collapsed.
‘Officers and emergency services are in attendance and a scene is in place.
‘One woman has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and has been taken into police custody as enquiries continue.’
Alan Fish had a narrow escape after nipped home to his garage just before the collision.
He told the Manchester Evening News: ‘I was in the shop just five minutes before. I went home to go in my garage and just heard this loud bang.’
Firefighters remain on the scene to make the area secure.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said in a statement: ‘At around 6.45pm on Thursday 5 January, fire crews were called to reports of a road traffic collision on Canterbury Street, Ashton.
‘Two fire engines from Ashton and Stalybridge stations, as well as the technical rescue unit from Ashton, quickly attended the scene.
‘The incident involved a car colliding with a house causing significant structural damage.
‘The driver had freed herself from the car prior to crews’ arrival and is being treated at the scene by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). No other casualties have been reported.
‘Firefighters remain in attendance, working with emergency service colleagues and Tameside Council to make the area safe.’
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