OAP es­capes by 6ft as lorry hits cot­tage

Daily Express - - Waging War On Loneliness - By Gil­lian Crawley

A PEN­SIONER had a lucky es­cape af­ter a lorry smashed into his Grade II-listed thatched cot­tage yesterday and came to rest just six feet from him.

Re­tired pro­ject man­ager Paul Ham­mond, 69, was typ­ing on his com­puter at 6.30am when the lorry veered off the road and ploughed straight into his fourbed­room, 15th-cen­tury home.

The whole cot­tage shook as the im­pact sent bricks tum­bling down around him.

Emer­gency ser­vices dashed to the scene and the driver, a man in his 50s, was rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter ini­tially be­ing trapped in the ve­hi­cle’s cab.

A nearby thatched bus stop was also de­mol­ished.

Mr Ham­mond, who has lived in the £565,000 cot­tage in Breamore, Hants, for five years with his wife Gaynor, 66, said the lorry was still in place hold­ing up one side of his house. He said: “I heard this strange grind­ing sound and the house started to shake. The next thing I know there was de­bris fly­ing into the hall.

“I looked out­side and there was this lorry. It was pretty dark and I couldn’t re­ally see much.

“The lorry has taken out half of the side of the house – the old­est part. I just didn’t know what was hap­pen­ing.

“My wife, in bed up­stairs, was wo­ken up by it. She thought it was a clap of thun­der. She’s a bit distressed about it at the mo­ment.”

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