Woman is killed as lorry wrecks house
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
WRECKED: The house in Brierley, near Barnsley, severely damaged after being hit by a lorry, inset.