AN 81-YEAR OLD woman had to be led to safety from her Rosyth home after a car crashed into her front garden.

Catherine Collins had been inside her Queensferry Road house on Tuesday morning when she heard a loud bang outside.

Witnesses saw – and heard – the car coming off the main road, hit a cable box before landing in the pensioner’s garden and catching fire.

Mrs Collins’ daughter, Lynne Fraser, said her mum had been in the living room when the collision took place.

“She didn’t see anything, she just heard the loud bang,” she said.

“She seems to be OK. We are lucky the phone box was there and that has stopped it.”

Neighbour Ana Vieira heard the bang and raced to rescue Mrs Collins.

“It was a loud noise, it woke my daughter up,” she said. 

“When I came out, there were sparks coming off the car. 

“I walked into the house and said we are going now as the car is on fire. I took her into my house then I came out and stopped the traffic. On impact, it has lifted the pavement.”

Emergency services had raced to the scene shortly before midday after the crash at the junction of Queensferry Road and Burney Place which saw part of the road closed off.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 11.46am on Tuesday, 23 August to reports of a car well alight in a garden of a property on Burney Place, Rosyth.

“Operations Control mobilised five appliances and special resources to the scene to extinguish the fire and make the area safe.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were made aware of a crash involving a single car which struck a building at the junction of Burney Place and Queensferry Road in Roysth and subsequently caught fire around 11.40am on Tuesday, 23 August.

“One man has been treated at the scene by the Scottish Ambulance Service. Recovery was arranged and the road fully cleared by around 2.50pm.”