GALLERY: Home owner says ‘we’re in complete shock’ after a vehicle crashes into their Fenland home
- Credit: Ian Burt
Officials have closed the road where a vehicle crashed into a home because the 400-year-old building remains structurally unsafe.
The area has been cordoned off following the incident in Terrington St Clement as it was feared the listed building could collapse.
Structural experts were needed to secure the home after a white Citroen Berlingo van crashed into the property, which is opposite Terrington St Clement parish church in Churchgate Way. The incident happened at about 9pm on Tuesday night; no one was injured.
Homeowner Peter Strudwick said his wife was in the room when the vehicle struck the wall.
“We’re in complete shock right now,” he said. “To have a vehicle coming through the wall like that is unbelievable but thankfully we’re all fine.”
Fire crews from Terrington and King’s Lynn were called to the collision where officers carried out scene safety, and the urban search and rescue team worked to make the property safe.
“I did hear a loud noise around that time,” said a neighbour Horni Gold, “but we get a lot of heavy traffic along here and thought it was just another lorry going past.
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“Then I could see all these blue lights flashing and saw a small white van had crashed into the building. I feel so sorry for the people who live there.”
John Eastman, another neighbour, said: “I’ve heard a young lad was driving the van but I really don’t know how he hit the wall at that angle.”
Drivers can use the diversion which has been put in place along Northgate Way, Marsh Road, Lynn Road and back along to Churchgate Way. Pedestrians are not allowed to walk past the structure and must go through the churchyard instead.
Scaffolding is to be erected around the property and the road closure will be reviewed.