Woman is killed as lorry wrecks house

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AC­CI­DENT: A fe­male pedes­trian has been killed fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in which a lorry crashed into the side of a house, leav­ing a mas­sive hole in the build­ing.

Po­lice at the scene on Park View in Bri­er­ley in South Yorkshire, con­firmed that the woman had died yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

A WOMAN died and three peo­ple were in­jured when a HGV crashed into a house in South Yorkshire.

Po­lice said four ar­rests were made af­ter a woman pedes­trian in her 50s was hit by the ve­hi­cle, pre­vi­ously re­ported as stolen, be­fore it crashed into parked cars and ploughed into the house on Park View, Bri­er­ley, yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

The HGV was be­ing fol­lowed by an un­marked po­lice ve­hi­cle just be­fore the crash, South Yorkshire Po­lice con­firmed.

A re­fer­ral has been made to the In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct (IOPC).

A po­lice spokesper­son said: “At around 1.40pm, a HGV, pre­vi­ously re­ported as stolen, was trav­el­ling along Com­mon Lane, to­wards Grimethorpe, when an of­fi­cer in a marked pa­trol car, trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, turned round to fol­low the ve­hi­cle.

“The HGV then trav­elled on to Park View, where it was in col­li­sion with a pedes­trian, a woman in her 50s.

“The ve­hi­cle then hit two parked cars be­fore col­lid­ing with a house on the road and com­ing to a stop.

“The woman was, sadly, pro­nounced dead at the scene.

“While for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion has not yet taken place, her fam­ily have been in­formed and are be­ing sup­ported by spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers.”

Yorkshire Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said three peo­ple were taken to the ma­jor trauma unit at Sh­effield’s North­ern Gen­eral Hospi­tal fol­low­ing the crash. No de­tails of their in­juries were re­leased.

The man driv­ing the ve­hi­cle suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said.

Last night the spokesper­son added: “Four men have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent and re­main in po­lice cus­tody at this time.

“Po­lice re­main in the area, as in­quiries are car­ried out and Park View is ex­pected to re­main closed for the evening.”

A spokesman for po­lice watch­dog the IOPC said yes­ter­day: “We were no­ti­fied by South Yorkshire Po­lice about this in­ci­dent at around 3pm to­day and sent our in­ves­ti­ga­tors to the scene and po­lice post in­ci­dent pro­ce­dure to gather in­for­ma­tion and as­sess the level, if any, of our fu­ture in­volve­ment.”

South Yorkshire Po­lice ap­pealed for wit­nesses to the crash to call 101.

Peo­ple liv­ing close to the scene of the crash said they were alerted by a loud bang.

Those who gath­ered to watch a large num­ber of po­lice, engi­neers and gas con­trac­tors work­ing at the scene said po­lice cars ar­rived quickly and men were seen leav­ing the cab of the trac­tor unit and run­ning away.

The woman was, sadly, pro­nounced dead at the scene. A spokesper­son for the South Yorkshire Po­lice

PIC­TURE: PA.

WRECKED: The house in Bri­er­ley, near Barns­ley, se­verely dam­aged af­ter be­ing hit by a lorry, in­set.

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