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Couple are lucky to be alive after timber lorry smashes into cottage

Welsh couple’s Victorian stone cottage is DEMOLISHED by huge timber lorry that smashed into their home as they made lunch in terrifying ordeal

  • A lorry carrying logs crashed into a cottage on Monmouthshire country road 
  • Bryony Francis, 51, was luckily in the kitchen when the truck hit her home 
  • She and her husband John Clark, 53, feel lucky to be alive after house destroyed

A couple are lucky to be alive after a giant timber lorry smashed into the corner of their stone cottage and sent huge logs smashing into it.

Bryony Francis, 51, was luckily in the kitchen when the forestry truck hit her home on a country road.

It crashed through the front corner of her cottage, shedding its load of tree trunks and virtually destroying the 120-year-old stone house.

Homeworker Bryony and her husband John Clark, 53, feel lucky to be alive in the accident in the tiny village of Llangua, Monmouthshire

Homeworker Bryony and her husband John Clark, 53, feel lucky to be alive in the accident in the tiny village of Llangua, Monmouthshire

Homeworker Bryony and her husband John Clark, 53, feel lucky to be alive in the accident in the tiny village of Llangua, Monmouthshire

The lorry crashed through the front corner of her home, shedding its load of tree trunks and virtually destroying the 120-year-old stone cottage

The lorry crashed through the front corner of her home, shedding its load of tree trunks and virtually destroying the 120-year-old stone cottage

The lorry crashed through the front corner of her home, shedding its load of tree trunks and virtually destroying the 120-year-old stone cottage

Bryony said: ‘I had just gone to make lunch when there was a massive bang, the doors slammed and the coats were knocked off their hooks,’ she said.

‘There was a rush of air and dust which hit my face and then everything went silent. I had no idea what had happened.’

But she walked upstairs to the front of house to see a gaping hole through to the road, the wall demolished and her living room and bedroom open to the outside world.

‘I tried to open the door from the kitchen into the front room but it wouldn’t open so I knew the ceiling had come down. I went up the stairs, opened the door and could see the front and side walls had gone.

‘It looked like a bombsite and there were tree trunks, about 30 to 40, everywhere.’

Homeworker Bryony and her husband John Clark, 53, feel lucky to be alive in the accident in the tiny village of Llangua, Monmouthshire.

She said: ‘It is still very unreal and a total shock. But we are very lucky, if my husband had been at home he probably would have been sitting in the front room and we could have been looking for a body today.

‘This is a real accident black spot. The speed limit is 60mph but it is at a part of the road where is goes from being wide to very narrow in a very short space.

Gwent Police said the crash had caused ‘substantial damage’ and neighbours had to be evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

Structural engineers are carrying out an assessment of the building, in the village, near Abergavenny

Structural engineers are carrying out an assessment of the building, in the village, near Abergavenny

Structural engineers are carrying out an assessment of the building, in the village, near Abergavenny

One man was taken to hospital with head and leg injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening following the crash.

Structural engineers are carrying out an assessment of the building, in the village, near Abergavenny.

‘We have no idea what is going to happen now. There is a structural engineer coming out to assess the damage and we are not allowed back in the house. Thankfully, we have got a great network of friends here and we have got somewhere to stay.’

Their house on the main A465 Heads of the Valleys road – and it will be closed between Pontrilas and the Hardwick Roundabout at Abergavenny until next week.

References

  1. ^ Matt Drake For Mailonline (www.dailymail.co.uk)

Lorry smash destroys woman’s home while she’s making lunch in the kitchen

A woman had a lucky escape when a timber lorry crashed into her house when she was making lunch.

Bryony Francis’ narrow brush with death came as she was busying herself in the kitchen of her Llangua, Monmouthshire home.

A lorry suddenly crashed through the front of her house, shedding a huge load of tree trunks as it did, Wales Online reported.[1]

The huge collision has almost completely destroyed her home.

“I had just left my work station and had gone to make lunch when there was a massive bang, the doors slammed and the coats were knocked off their hooks,” Bryony said.

“There was a rush of air and dust which hit my face and then everything went silent. I had no idea what had happened.”

A loads of logs smashed into her home
A loads of logs smashed into her home (Image: Richard Swingler)

Pictures from the scene on Saturday show the extent of the damage to the house, with walls almost entirely demolished and the contents of the house clearly visible.

Bryony said that after the crash she thought maybe the ceiling in the spare room had come down because they had stored too many items in the room.

“I just couldn’t work out what had happened,” said the 51-year-old.

“I tried to open the door from the kitchen into the front room but it wouldn’t open so I knew the ceiling had come down.

Bryony was making lunch when the lorry smashed into her home
Bryony was making lunch when the lorry smashed into her home (Image: Richard Swingler)
The crash wreaked devastation on the property
The crash wreaked devastation on the property (Image: Richard Swingler)

“I went up the stairs, opened the door and could see the front and side walls had gone. It looked like a bombsite and there were tree trunks, about 30 to 40, everywhere.”

Despite the damage Bryony and her husband, John Clark, feel lucky to be alive.

She continued: “It is still very unreal and a total shock. But we are very lucky, if my husband had been at home he probably would have been sitting in the front room and we could have been looking for a body today.

“This is a real accident black spot.

“The speed limit is 60mph but it is at a part of the road where is goes from being wide to very narrow in a very short space.

Structural engineers are going to come and assess the damage
Structural engineers are going to come and assess the damage (Image: Richard Swingler)
Damage to a van that was parked at the scene
Damage to a van that was parked at the scene (Image: Richard Swingler)

“We have no idea what is going to happen now. There is a structural engineer coming out to assess the damage and we are not allowed back in the house.

“Thankfully, we have got a great network of friends here and we have got somewhere to stay.”

Gwent Police said the crash had caused “substantial damage” and neighbours had to be evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

One man was taken to hospital with head and leg injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening following the crash.

Structural engineers are carrying out an assessment of the building, in the village, near Abergavenny.

References

  1. ^ Wales Online reported. (www.walesonline.co.uk)

Lorry smash destroys house and closes major road

A homeowner has described her lucky escape after a timber lorry crashed into her house, virtually destroying it.

Bryony Francis was making her lunch in the kitchen at the back of the house in Llangua, Monmouthshire, when the lorry crashed through the front end of the house and shed its load of tree trunks.

“I had just left my work station and had gone to make lunch when there was a massive bang, the doors slammed and the coats were knocked off their hooks,” she said.

“There was a rush of air and dust which hit my face and then everything went silent. I had no idea what had happened.”

Pictures from the scene on Saturday show the extent of the damage to the house with walls almost entirely demolished and the contents of the house clearly visible.

(Image: Richard Swingler)
(Image: Richard Swingler)

Bryony said that after the crash she thought maybe the ceiling in the spare room had come down because they had stored too many items in the room.

“I just couldn’t work out what had happened,” says the 51-year-old.

“I tried to open the door from the kitchen into the front room but it wouldn’t open so I knew the ceiling had come down. I went up the stairs, opened the door and could see the front and side walls had gone. It looked like a bombsite and there were tree trunks, about 30 to 40, everywhere.”

Bryony and John Francis pictured in front of their home
Bryony and John Francis pictured in front of their home (Image: Richard Swingler)
Workers assess the damage at the house, which was crashed into by a lorry
Workers assess the damage at the house, which was crashed into by a lorry (Image: Richard Swingler)

Despite the damage Bryony and her husband, John Clark, feel lucky to be alive. She says: “It is still very unreal and a total shock. But we are very lucky, if my husband had been at home he probably would have been sitting in the front room and we could have been looking for a body today.

“This is a real accident black spot. The speed limit is 60mph but it is at a part of the road where is goes from being wide to very narrow in a very short space.

“We have no idea what is going to happen now. There is a structural engineer coming out to assess the damage and we are not allowed back in the house. Thankfully, we have got a great network of friends here and we have got somewhere to stay.”

(Image: Richard Swingler)
Damage to a van that was parked at the scene (Image: Richard Swingler)
A digger works to clear the timber and debris from the road
A digger works to clear the timber and debris from the road (Image: Richard Swingler)

Gwent Police said the crash had caused “substantial damage” and neighbours had to be evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

One man was taken to hospital with head and leg injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening following the crash. Structural engineers are carrying out an assessment of the building, in the village, near Abergavenny.

Traffic monitoring system Inrix is showing that the A465 Heads of the Valleys road is closed between Pontrilas and the Hardwick Roundabout at Abergavenny. It says: “The road has been closed since Friday afternoon and could remain closed until Monday as the building is assessed. Affecting traffic between Hereford and Abergavenny.”

It is the third crash on the A465 in two days.

On Thursday, a 21-year-old man died and four people were taken to hospital. Robbie-Lee Selway from Merthyr Tydfil died following the incident and a woman and three men taken to hospital after a crash that closed the main A465 Heads of the Valleys road near Merthyr Tydfil. You can see the tribute to the young dad here.[1][2]

In another accident on the same day two women were taken to hospital after an accident between Abergavenny and the Skenfrith junction.

References

  1. ^ Merthyr Tydfil (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ tribute to the young dad here. (www.walesonline.co.uk)

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Sadiq Khan confirms he will expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone

Sadiq Khan confirms he will expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone that will cost up to 350,000 motorists £12.50-a-day to drive into London

  • Sadiq Khan will make the Ultra Low Emission Zone 18 times larger than it is now 
  • Owners of older, more-polluting vehicles must to pay £12.50 daily fee if in zone 
  • 100,000 more cars, 35,000 vans and 3,000 lorries must now pay the fee
  • TfL estimates total income from the expanded ULEZ, congestion charge and low emission zones, will hit £762million this financial year
  • Between 2022 and 2023, this number could hit £1.157billion, it estimates 

Sadiq Khan[2] has confirmed he will expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone in a move set to cost up to 350,000 motorists £12.50-a-day to drive into London[3].

The newly re-elected Mayor of London will make the zone 18 times larger than it is currently. 

The move will force owners of older, more-polluting vehicles that don’t comply with strict emission standards to pay a £12.50 daily fee – in addition to the congestion charge – if driving through the zone.

Around 100,000 more cars, 35,000 vans and 3,000 lorries will be affected. Lorries and buses who don’t pay the fees will be slapped with a £100 fine.

The AA put its estimate at the number of motorists affected at 350,000.

Transport for London has estimated its total income from the expanded ULEZ, along with congestion charge and low emission zones, will hit £762million this financial year.

Between 2022 and 2023, this number could hit £1.157billion. 

Sadiq Khan has confirmed he will expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone which is set to cost up to 350,000 motorists £12.50-a-day to drive into London (a London road, file image)

Sadiq Khan has confirmed he will expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone which is set to cost up to 350,000 motorists £12.50-a-day to drive into London (a London road, file image)

Sadiq Khan has confirmed he will expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone which is set to cost up to 350,000 motorists £12.50-a-day to drive into London (a London road, file image)

The newly re-elected Mayor of London will make the zone 18 times larger (expansion proposal, pictured) than it is currently

The newly re-elected Mayor of London will make the zone 18 times larger (expansion proposal, pictured) than it is currently

The newly re-elected Mayor of London will make the zone 18 times larger (expansion proposal, pictured) than it is currently

The move will force owners of older, more-polluting vehicles that don't comply with strict emission standards to pay a £12.50 daily fee - in addition to the congestion charge - if driving through the ULEZ (file image)

The move will force owners of older, more-polluting vehicles that don't comply with strict emission standards to pay a £12.50 daily fee - in addition to the congestion charge - if driving through the ULEZ (file image)

The move will force owners of older, more-polluting vehicles that don’t comply with strict emission standards to pay a £12.50 daily fee – in addition to the congestion charge – if driving through the ULEZ (file image)

Will your recent buy be hit by ULEZ charges? 

The Alliance of British Drivers has published a list of cars which will fall foul of ULEZ charges:

  • 2015 Citroen C3 Edition 1.6 Bluehdi 100 Edition 5dr 90bhp
  • 2015 Citroen C4 1.6 e-HDi Airdream VTR+ Hatchback 5dr Diesel 115bhp
  • 2015 Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi ECOnetic Style 5dr 94bhp
  • 2015 Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 115 Zetec 5dr 113bhp
  • 2015 Fiat Panda 1.2 MULTIJET POP 5d 75 BHP
  • 2015 Fiat 500 Lounge1.3 Multijet 3dr 95bhp
  • 2015 Nissan Juke 1.5 ACENTA DCi 5 DOOR 110 BHP
  • 2015 Renault Clio 1.5 dCi ECO Expression + 5dr 90bhp
  • 2015 Toyota Auris 1.4 D-4D Excel (s/s) 5dr 90bhp
  • 2015 Vauxhall Corsa 1.3CDTi Ecoflex Design 94BHP
  • 2015 Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi Ecoflex Elite 163 bhp
  • 2015 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 16V Ecoflex Design 5dr 108bhp 
  • 2015 VW Golf hatch 1.6tdi Bluemotion tech S 104bhp
  • 2015 VW Golf Bluemotion 1.6tdi estate 108bhp
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Petrol cars must comply with the Euro 4 engine standards – usually vehicles registered from January 2006 – or face paying the fee. 

Meanwhile, diesel cars will need to pay up unless they meet the Euro 6 standard – meaning they were registered after September 2015. 

The capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone – which was introduced in 2019 – will cover the streets inside the North and South Circular roads under Khan’s new plans.

The move will come into force on October 25. 

Mr Khan said: ‘I pledge to be the greenest Mayor London’s ever had with a mandate from Londoners to put the environment and climate policies at the heart of my second term in office. Today I am reaffirming my commitment to speed up the cleaning of London’s toxic air.

‘In central London, the Ultra Low Emission Zone has already helped cut toxic roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution by nearly half and led to reductions that are five times greater than the national average. 

‘But pollution isn’t just a central London problem, which is why expanding the ULEZ later this year will benefit Londoners across the whole of the city and is a crucial step in London’s green recovery. 

‘There is no time to waste. We know pollution hits the poorest Londoners the hardest which is why I’m doing everything I can to improve the health for all Londoners.’

Jemima Hartshorn, founder of pollution campaign group Mums for Lungs, said: ‘Mums for Lungs has campaigned for an expansion of the ULEZ for over three years now, so we are glad that this scheme will be implemented very soon. 

‘The ULEZ in central London has really reduced NO2-pollution across the area, and more children will benefit from ULEZ expansion. 

‘But more is needed to ensure that London meets World Health Organization guidelines, so we call on the Mayor, national government, councils and business to work together to ensure breathing no longer harms the health of London’s children.’

Among the car models which will fall foul of the ULEZ charges are some 2015 Ford Focus, Fiat Panda, Citroen and Vauxhall Astra models.

The new ULEZ zone will operate 24 hours a day for seven days of the week within the same area of central London as the Congestion Charge.     

Research showed the health damage from cars and vans across the UK costs £6billion a year to the NHS and society, with the bill in London £650million.  

Officials said expanding the ULEZ – and stricter standards for heavy vehicles across London – would result in more than 100,000 Londoners no longer living in areas exceeding legal air quality limits in 2021.

All areas in the capital are expected to see reductions in pollution. 

Furthermore, research shows that those exposed to the worst air pollution are more likely to be deprived Londoners and from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. 

There is also emerging evidence linking air pollution with an increased vulnerability to the most severe impacts of Covid. 

Mr Khan has been pushing hard for London to spearhead new measures to reduce vehicle emissions in the capital since being sworn in as mayor in 2016.

This includes the introduction of the T-Charge in 2018 – which was superseded by ULEZ in 2019. 

Last year, a study by Environmental Defense Fund Europe found that harmful air pollution from diesel vehicles was 23 per cent higher outside London’s current ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ).

The study – which gathered pollution data from 231 sites in London and tracked levels of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) – found the five worst locations were all outside the ULEZ. 

In 2018, Mr Khan (pictured) confirmed the extension of the ULEZ after growing concerns about rising pollution levels in the capital

In 2018, Mr Khan (pictured) confirmed the extension of the ULEZ after growing concerns about rising pollution levels in the capital

In 2018, Mr Khan (pictured) confirmed the extension of the ULEZ after growing concerns about rising pollution levels in the capital

NOx pollution is an umbrella term which includes nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which can lead to health issues like inflaming airways while aggravating existing heart and lung diseases.  

London has breached legal limits for NO2 since 2010 and last year it was revealed more than 2 million Londoners are living in areas exceeding legal air limits – including 400,000 children.  

As well as NOx, common pollutants from diesel include unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulate matter – microscopic particles of matter.

Diesel vehicles pour out more ultra-fine particles than all other vehicles, which are the most toxic of the air pollution particles. 

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ULEZ 

 The ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) was introduced in London in April 2019. Here are some of the key questions around the scheme: 

What is it?  The ULEZ is a way of charging vehicles which emit the most nitrogen oxide for entering parts of London.

When does it apply?  The daily charge runs from midnight to midnight every day.

Where is it happening?  The scheme is initially within the same area as the congestion charging zone, before being expanded to within the North and South Circular roads from October 2021.

What vehicles are included?  All vehicles are affected apart from black taxis.

How much does it cost to enter the zone with an older vehicle?  It costs £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans. Heavier vehicles such as lorries, buses and coaches are liable for a £100 charge.

How can I avoid the charge?  To be exempt from the Ulez charge, petrol cars, vans and minibuses must meet the Euro 4 emissions standard and diesels must meet Euro 6. That means the oldest cars that can be driven in central London without paying are roughly a four-year-old diesel model or a 13-year-old petrol model.

What happens if I don’t pay?  If you fail to pay the charge, car drivers face a £160 Penalty Charge Notice (reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days). Lorry drivers will be handed a much larger fine of £1,000 (reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days).

What if I don’t know my vehicle’s emissions standard?  Drivers can check whether their vehicle is liable for a charge by entering its registration on the Transport for London website.

Why was ULEZ introduced?  London Mayor Sadiq Khan says the scheme will improve the capital’s air quality, which he says is responsible for thousands of premature deaths and other serious conditions.

Has there been any opposition to the scheme?  Conservatives on the London Assembly claim Mr Khan’s decision to introduce the scheme earlier than planned could catch out some motorists – particularly those from the poorest households – who have not already upgraded their vehicle to a newer model. They also warn that expanding the zone to the whole of inner London will not effectively tackle pollution and will affect people and businesses in areas with low pollution.

What vehicles are covered by ULEZ?

It’s not just cars and vans that will be subject to extra charges in London.

These ULEZ non-compliant vehicles will also be impacted:  

– Motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles, quadricycles

– 4X4 light utility vehicles and picksups

– Motorised horseboxes

– Ambulances and fire engines

– Motorcaravans

– Minibuses

– Lorries

– Buses and coaches

– Breakdown & recovery vehicles

– Snow ploughs and gritters

– Refuse collection vehicles and road sweepers

– Concrete mixers and tippers 

 

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References

  1. ^ Jemma Carr For Mailonline (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sadiq Khan (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ London (www.dailymail.co.uk)