It collided with another car and there was a ‘terrifically large bang’ like an explosion
A car rolled down the hill across a car park before colliding with a wall with a ‘terrifically large bang’ at the University of Exeter.
Lisa-Jayne Steadman, who is doing an MA in Cultural Sociology, was walking across the visitor's car park, car park C, at the Streatham Campus on Wednesday afternoon at around 4.30pm when she heard a ‘terrifically large bang’ that she likened to an explosion.
She turned around to see a car rolling down the car park and saw it collide with another car before hitting a safety wall.
She says it left her upset and shocked, particularly as a group of people, including an elderly woman, had only got out of the car it collided with moments before.
Lisa-Jayne has called for more safety precautions to be installed in car parks at the university as they are all on steep slopes.
But the University of Exeter said that the nature of the campus means some car parks are on a slight gradient, but that all car parks are patrolled regularly and monitored by CCTV, and include safety features such as fences and walls.
Lisa-Jayne told DevonLive.com: “The incident happened in visitor’s car park on the Streatham Campus and the theatre. I was taking a short-cut across the car park when I heard a terrifically large bang that sounded like an explosion.
“I turned around and could see that a car had rolled across the car park. It was parked at the top of the car park and had rolled all the way down the hill. The bang was the passenger side mirror swiping into another car.
“At the time there was an elderly lady, and some other people, who had only just got out of the car so it was very close to hitting them.
“It could have been me as well if I had only been a few seconds later, and I had real concerns that someone was going to be hit by the car.
“It was going quite fast and with some serious speed, and it was very concerning as it had rolled across the whole of the car park.
“I thought that it could overturn, but once it hit a wall, it stopped.
“There was no one in the car so I assume it was a handbrake failure on the car that was a dark coloured Vauxhall Astra and it had a Devon County Council residents permit for Exeter on it.
She added that because of the nature of the car parks at the university, which are all on a slope, more safety precautions should be installed to stop this happening again.
She said: “I don’t think there are enough bollards or safety procedures for car parks at the university as they are all on steep slopes, so something needs to be done.”
In response, A University of Exeter spokesman said: “We are aware that an unoccupied vehicle, that had been parked in a visitors car park, rolled a short distance into a safety wall.
“No-one was injured and the university’s Estate Patrol team attended immediately and located the driver as soon as possible.
“While the majority of car parks on the Streatham Campus are on level ground, the nature of the campus means a small number of parking areas are on a slight gradient. However, all car parks are patrolled regularly and monitored by CCTV, and where necessary and appropriate include safety features such as fences and walls.”