Two men who rammed a van into several parked cars on a busy residential street were caught fleeing on security cameras, but not before one of them raced back to the scene to rescue a dog that apparently forgot it was in an alcove. The incident, which took place just after 8pm on John Street in Abercwboy, Rhondda Cynon Taff, on Friday 27 January, was described by passers-by as a “bomb blast”.

A white Ford Fiesta that took the impact was hit so hard by a gray Vauxhall Astra minivan at high speed that one of its rear tires was sent flying several meters onto the road. Its owner, a mother of two from Aberaman, who was visiting a close friend, said it was a miracle no one was killed.

“The footage I saw from a nearby CCTV camera showed people walking up and down that street about a minute before the accident happened,” he said. “They could have easily been crushed because my car ended up on the curb.” You can get more RCT news and other story updates straight to your inbox by signing up for our newsletters here.

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This car took the hardest hit.

Vehicles hit by car at St John's in Abercrombie, Rhondda Kinon Taf
Three other cars were also involved in the accident.

The 40-year-old added that she heard a “loud bang like a bomb” and left. “It was chaos, broken glass and metal everywhere – one of my rear wheels was in the middle of the road about four doors down. The two in Vauxhall fled, but frantically ran back for theirs.

“There were also aerosol cans hanging on the front seat. And then one of them went out with the dog under his arm; the poor thing was sitting in the footwell the whole time. I yelled and asked what the hell they were doing, but he paid no attention to me or anyone else who was also at his door at the time.’

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “We are continuing to investigate a traffic accident in John Street Abercrombie at 8.20pm on Friday 27 January. A vehicle, a Vauxhall Astra van, collided with several parked cars. The driver and the passenger from the Vauxhall fled the scene. There are no casualties.”

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