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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)

Lorry stopped in Essex hid £8.5m worth of cocaine ‘on washing machines’

Approximately £8.5m worth of cocaine was seized after a lorry carrying the drugs was stopped in Essex.

Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) stopped the lorry at the port of Harwich, Essex, on Wednesday (May 12).

The lorry had travelled from the Hook of Holland, and officers found approximately 107 kilograms of the Class A drug hidden in the lorry’s trailer.

The cocaine had been sealed in taped packages, which had been placed in sacks on top of a load of washing machines and tumble dryers.

The driver, 28-year-old Lucas Wesolowski, who lives in Poland, was arrested at the scene and later charged with drug smuggling offences.[1]

He appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court yesterday (Thursday, May 13), and has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance.

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Wesolowski’s will appear at Ipswich Crown Court[3] on 10 June.

NCA branch commander Lydia Bloomfield said: “This was a large amount of cocaine, which would have been worth around £8.5 million if cut and sold on the streets of the UK.

“Losing it will be a big blow for the criminal network likely to be behind this attempted importation – profits which they will not be able to invest in other criminality.

“Working with law enforcement partners like Border Force, we are determined to disrupt the organised crime groups involved in drug supply and protect the public.”

References

  1. ^ drug smuggling offences. (www.essexlive.news)
  2. ^ click here (www.essexlive.news)
  3. ^ Ipswich Crown Court (www.essexlive.news)

Huge concrete slab falls off lorry onto Regent Street Flyover during bridge demolition work

As part of the demolition of the bridge over York Road, a concrete section of the bridge was lifted by a crane onto a lorry last night.

It was placed onto the vehicle, but the lifting mechanism failed – causing it to collapse on the road.

Leeds City Council has released a statement following the incident.

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The concrete section of the bridge fell off the trailer onto the road (Photo: Jay Dominic)The concrete section of the bridge fell off the trailer onto the road (Photo: Jay Dominic)

The concrete section of the bridge fell off the trailer onto the road (Photo: Jay Dominic)

It said no one was injured when the concrete structure fell onto the road.

In a tweet, the council said: “Essential work to demolish and rebuild the northern section of Regent Street Flyover is currently ongoing.

“Last night, a concrete section of the demolished bridge was being lifted onto a specialist trailer to be disposed of and recycled away from site.

“It was safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle however there was failure of the trailer, causing the piece of bridge to shift from its resting position.

No one was injured in the incident (Photo: Jay Dominic)No one was injured in the incident (Photo: Jay Dominic)
No one was injured in the incident (Photo: Jay Dominic)

“It is now being broken up for safe removal and will be cleared from the site by lunchtime.

“There were no accidents or injuries as a consequence of the trailer system failing and work will continue to demolish the bridge over the coming days.”

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Bridge collapses as 120-tonne section falls onto road below in terrifying scenes

A truck has been smashed by a huge section of bridge during demolition works.

The incident happened in Regent Street near Leeds City College’s Quarry Hill campus as workmen tried to move the section of the bridge from a crane, with the 120 tonne debris landing on a truck.

Images from the scene have been shared online following the incident and appear show the road has been severely damaged from the incident.

An eyewitness told LeedsLive[1]: “120 tonne section of the A64 bridge replacement has just collapsed on the truck from the crane.”

Regent Street, Leeds, A64 bridge collapse
The A64 bridge replacement fell from a crane onto a truck below

The A64 is currently closed due to long-term construction work to upgrade the Regent Street flyover in the city centre.

This weekend is the first of four consecutive weekends when the road was due to be closed for the construction works to take place.

Regent Street at the Inner Ring Road was closed at 8pm on Friday night for the bridge demolition works and was due to reopen at at 5.30am on Monday, May 17.

Regent Street, Leeds, A64 bridge collapse
Images from the scene have been shared online following the incident

Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed to the Daily Star that they had not been called to the scene and that there were no casualties.

West Yorkshire Police also confirmed that police had not been called to the incident.

Workmen at the site told LeedsLive the lorry had simply broken down after the bridge was lifted onto the back of the truck and that it did not collapse.

Leeds City Council also contested the claims and says the concrete section of the demolished bridge was lifted “safely” onto the lorry however there was a “failure of the trailer”.

A statement from the council reads: “Essential work to demolish and rebuild the northern section of Regent Street Flyover is currently ongoing.

“Last night, a concrete section of the demolished bridge was being lifted onto a specialist trailer to be disposed of and recycled away from site.

Regent Street, Leeds, A64 bridge collapse
The bridge collapsed overnight

“It was safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle however there was failure of the trailer, causing the piece of bridge to shift from its resting position.

“It is now being broken up for safe removal and will be cleared from the site by lunchtime today.

“There were no accidents or injuries as a consequence of the trailer system failing and work will continue to demolish the bridge over the coming days.”

Daily Star has contacted West Yorkshire Combined Authority for further information.

The Regent Street Flyover was built in the late 1960s and carries the A64 Inner Ring Road over the A61 Regent Street, and is normally used by 70,000 vehicles per day.

The construction work is expected to take up to two years with completion set for spring 2022.

References

  1. ^ LeedsLive (www.leeds-live.co.uk)

Huge 120-tonne bridge falls from crane and crushes truck below

Huge 120-tonne bridge slips off back of lorry trailer after being lifted by crane during work on new flyover in Leeds city centre

  • The huge bridge in Leeds was being moved as part of planned demolition work
  • But 120-tonne structure collapsed onto street below after being lifted by crane 
  • Concrete chunk of bridge was ‘safely’ put onto heavy load trailer but came loose
  • Leeds City Council has confirmed there were no injuries during the incident 

A huge 120-tonne bridge slipped off the back of a specialised heavy load vehicle after being lifted by a crane as part of demolition works. 

The incident took place in Regent Street, Leeds as contractors worked on the A64 bridge replacement works that will see a new £31million flyover installed in the city centre. 

A section of the newly demolished bridge managed to destroy a truck below it as concrete chunks were being moved onto the back of a specialised vehicle yesterday evening.  

A piece of the concrete bridge had been ‘safely placed’ onto  heavy load vehicle, but a ‘failure of the trailer’ caused it to move according to Leeds City Council. 

The Regent Street Inner Ring Road had been closed since yesterday evening for ‘bridge demolition works’. 

It is understood the 120-tonne bridge was being moved by crane when it crushed a specialised vehicle on the street below. Pictured: The scene in Regent Street, Leeds last night

It is understood the 120-tonne bridge was being moved by crane when it crushed a specialised vehicle on the street below. Pictured: The scene in Regent Street, Leeds last night

It is understood the 120-tonne bridge was being moved by crane when it crushed a specialised vehicle on the street below. Pictured: The scene in Regent Street, Leeds last night

The Regent Street Inner Ring Road (above) had been closed since yesterday evening for 'bridge demolition works' as part of the city's £31million flyover upgrade project

The Regent Street Inner Ring Road (above) had been closed since yesterday evening for 'bridge demolition works' as part of the city's £31million flyover upgrade project

The Regent Street Inner Ring Road (above) had been closed since yesterday evening for ‘bridge demolition works’ as part of the city’s £31million flyover upgrade project

In a statement posted to Twitter this morning Leeds City Council explained a concrete chunk of the bridge had been 'safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle'

In a statement posted to Twitter this morning Leeds City Council explained a concrete chunk of the bridge had been 'safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle'

In a statement posted to Twitter this morning Leeds City Council explained a concrete chunk of the bridge had been ‘safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle’

An eyewitness explained to LeedsLive[2]: ‘120 tonne section of the A64 bridge replacement has just collapsed on the truck from the crane.’  

The works were due to last the next four weekends, until 5.30am on Monday June 7.

The Inner Ring Road site site was set to reopen on Monday, but pictures from this morning show the area has been fenced off. 

In a statement posted this morning, Leeds City Council said: ‘Essential work to demolish and rebuild the northern section of Regent Street Flyover is currently ongoing. 

‘Last night, a concrete section of the demolished bridge was being lifted onto a specialist trailer to be disposed of and recycled away from site. 

‘It was safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle however there was failure of the trailer, causing the piece of bridge to shift from its resting position.

‘It is now being broken up for safe removal and will be cleared from the site by lunchtime today.’ 

Pictures from this morning show part of Regent Street remains fenced off and debris that has been left in the wake of the incident

Pictures from this morning show part of Regent Street remains fenced off and debris that has been left in the wake of the incident

Pictures from this morning show part of Regent Street remains fenced off and debris that has been left in the wake of the incident

Work on the Leeds Regent Street £31million flyover project began last May and is expected to last two years. Pictured: Part of the 120-tonne structure shown this morning

Work on the Leeds Regent Street £31million flyover project began last May and is expected to last two years. Pictured: Part of the 120-tonne structure shown this morning

Work on the Leeds Regent Street £31million flyover project began last May and is expected to last two years. Pictured: Part of the 120-tonne structure shown this morning

The council has also since confirmed there were no injuries as a result of this incident. 

Work on the Leeds Regent Street flyover project, that is estimated to cost £31million, began last May and is expected to last two years.

As part of the upgrade scheme, the 60-year-old bridge that supports the A64 Inner Ring Road over the A61 Regent Street will need to be demolished.  

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References

  1. ^ Jacob Thorburn For Mailonline (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ LeedsLive (www.leeds-live.co.uk)

Leeds council statement on the Regent Street bridge ‘collapse’

Leeds City Council has issued a statement after reports a section of the Regent Street bridge had collapsed from a crane.

The incident was reported to have happened at Regent Street last night and an eyewitness had previously said: “120 tonne section of the A64 bridge replacement has just collapsed on the truck from the crane.”

However, workmen at the site told LeedsLive the lorry had simply broken down after the bridge was lifted onto the back of the truck.

To get the latest email updates from LeedsLive, click here.[1]

The authority[2] has also contested the claims and says the concrete section of the demolished bridge was lifted “safely” onto the lorry however there was a “failure of the trailer”.

A statement from the council reads: “Essential work to demolish and rebuild the northern section of Regent Street Flyover is currently ongoing.

A section of the bridge collapsed in Regent Street
A section of the bridge collapsed in Regent Street (Image: Submitted)

“Last night, a concrete section of the demolished bridge was being lifted onto a specialist trailer to be disposed of and recycled away from site.

“It was safely placed onto the heavy load vehicle however there was failure of the trailer, causing the piece of bridge to shift from its resting position. It is now being broken up for safe removal and will be cleared from the site by lunchtime today.

“There were no accidents or injuries as a consequence of the trailer system failing and work will continue to demolish the bridge over the coming days.”

References

  1. ^ click here (www.leeds-live.co.uk)
  2. ^ authority (www.leeds-live.co.uk)