TWO teenage girls were taken to hospital after a car ploughed into a house in Meltham and badly damaged it.

Luckily nobody was home when the Ford Escort reversed out of the driveway opposite the house on The Cobbles at about 4pm yesterday.

It careered across the road and through a garden before smashing into the front of the home.

Two 16-year-old girls were in the car at the time and police were today investigating the cause of the smash and how the youngsters came to be driving it.

The car was not stolen.

The car, an old Ford Escort, was wrecked by the force of the impact.

Sgt Andy Addy, of Huddersfield traffic police, said: "The car ended up embedded in the house and had gone around nine inches into the living room.

"The room window had dropped out and it caused cracks to appear up the front and side of the house.

"Structural engineers from Kirklees Council were called out to assess the damage."

The girls who were in the car were badly shocked and taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for a check-up.

In the immediate aftermath of the crash several fire engines were sent to the scene in case the girls were trapped.

Crews from Meltham, Huddersfield and Slaithwaite attended, but the girls were out of the car.

The firefighters had to leave the Escort embedded in the house until the home had been fully assessed by the structural experts.