A pensioner has endured a spectacular first accident in 76 years of motoring, causing £60,000 of damage when he rolled his Ford Fiesta into the front of a Porsche showroom.
Jack Higgs, 93, a former minister, was uninjured when his Ford Fiesta hit a Porsche 911 then flipped over onto another one outside a showroom in Penarth, near Cardiff.
Both Porsches are privately owned and were at the garage for repairs. One is a write-off and the other will need extensive repairs. Higgs' £600 Fiesta was also a write-off, taking the total bill for damage to £60,000, which will be met by Higgs' insurers.
'I've been driving since I was 17, have a clean licence and have never even picked up so much as a parking ticket,' Higgs told the BBC.
'I just don't know what happened, except that I lost control as I was reversing and suddenly I had hit the cars.
'The next thing I knew I was hanging upside down in my car and thanking my lucky stars I was still alive.
'It was a miracle I got out alive and I put it down to the power of prayer and God looking after me.'
Porsche dealer Dave Coombs said: 'He managed to get himself free and walked out without a scratch. But the Porsches were a real mess.
'There was glass and bits of broken metal everywhere - but Jack is such a gentleman he asked for a sweeping brush to help clear them up.
'I'm not too concerned about the cars - what matters is that Jack survived which, is incredible considering his great age.'
Higgs, who lives next door to the showroom, has decided to quit driving.
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