A MAN has miraculously escaped serious injury after the wall of a house in Oldbury collapsed on-top of the car he was sitting in.

Emergency services were called to Richmond Hill shortly before 5.30pm yesterday evening (May 27).

A blue Citroën, which was situated on a driveway next door to the collapsing house, took the brunt of the wall damage.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was first on the scene and sent an ambulance and paramedics from the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

An ambulance service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a badly damaged car covered in bricks parked on a driveway in-between two houses.

“The second storey outside wall of the neighbouring house had collapsed onto the car whilst a man, in his 60s, was sitting inside.

“Emergency services immediately evacuated both houses due to concerns with the structural integrity.

“Much to the amazement of ambulance staff, the man who had been in the car was out of the vehicle.

“Upon assessment he was found to have sustained a minor head injury. Once his wounds were dressed, the man was taken to Sandwell Hospital for further assessment.

“HART paramedics remain on scene supporting West Midlands Fire Service whilst they work to make the building safe.”

West Midlands Fire Service crews from Smethwich station and the Technical Rescue Unit were at the scene for a number of hours following the collapse to ensure the house was left in a safe condition.

As a precaution during the incident, Richmond Hill was closed between St Johns Road and Vicarage Road.