This was the scene after dustmen reversed into a car and shunted it through the owner’s garden wall.
Geoffrey Parton had been chatting with his partner Carol Tyson when he heard a crash come from outside the house on Pennsylvania, in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, yesterday afternoon.
The 68-year-old said: “All of a sudden I heard a bang.
“I thought, ‘What the heck is that?’
“And I came out and I saw this. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at.
“The boys came out and said they would phone the supervisor. He arrived and said he had never seen anything like it in his life. And it has moved the shed by two or three inches.”
That belongs to Joanne Hill, who lives next door.
The 33-year-old has been told not to go into the building, where she keeps a chest freezer full of food.
The full-time mum-of-two said: “I can’t let my children out to play because I don’t know if it is safe or anything.”
Geoffrey estimated the damage could run to as much as £15,000.
He bought his now wrecked car – a gold Vauxhall Meriva – for £7,000 in March.
The retired driver questioned whether he would get back the full amount.“They always do it on the insurance on what the car is worth at the time,” he said.
His partner Carole, who works in a care home, said: “I was just speechless.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes. I blubbered because I was so upset over the car.”
There was relief, meanwhile, that no youngsters were injured in the accident.
“What if I was walking with my boy?” neighbour Samantha Hill – Joanne’s sister – said. “He wouldn’t have stood a chance.”
Geoffrey’s was not the only vehicle hit. Builder Bill Quirke was working on the street when his blue van was hit, smashing the passenger side headlight.
The self-employed 62-year-old said: “I’m not very happy at all. I’ll be off the road for a few weeks so I won’t be able to work.”
A Cardiff Council spokesman said: “We will launch an investigation into what has happened as a matter or urgency and will take any appropriate action.”