Northern Ireland

Runaway car's plunge halted by tree in Ballymoney

Drivers and pedestrians had a lucky escape when this car rolled down a hill and hit a cherry blossom tree
Image caption Drivers and pedestrians had a lucky escape when this car rolled down a hill and hit a cherry blossom tree

A runaway car was feet from plunging into a busy street when it hit a cherry blossom tree.

The Peugeot 306 was parked Henry Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim, when it suddenly careered down a steep incline towards Meeting House Street.

The car came to a halt yards before reaching the busy road below when it struck the tree.

Meeting House Street includes a busy store, a church and leads to the Joey and Robert Dunlop memorial gardens.