An Aylesbury family whose house was damaged when a milk truck smashed through a wall will be re-homed in time for Christmas.
David Rhodes, who lives in the Witham Way house with his two children, has been told by the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust that they will be moved into a new home on Monday.
The tanker mounted a pavement in Ellen Road at around 9.25am yesterday, narrowly missing a lampost and crashing into the side of the end-of-terrace property, completely destroying an outer wall and leaving a large hole in the side of the house.
Mr Rhodes said that after the initial shock of the incident, he is now feeling more ‘upbeat’ about the situation.
The 36 year old said: “I’m a bit bemused by it all but quite OK and accidents happen.
“Me and my kids are going to have a fantastic Christmas wherever we are.
“It is nearly Christmas but I have got a lot of family and we are all alright and upbeat about everything.”
Mr Rhodes and his children, 11 and 15, will be staying with his girlfriend until they can move into a new home.
They will then stay there until the damaged house is repaired.
Both Mr Rhodes’ children were at school when the incident happened and the house was empty apart from his cat, which was uninjured.
However, Mr Rhodes says he has previously had concerns about large vehicles coming through the residential area.
He said: “I always used to think ‘one day there’s going to be an accident’.
“Why do we need tankers going through a housing estate?”
The driver suffered minor injuries but one neighbour said it was a ‘miracle’ no-one walking along the pavement had been hit as the area is often busy at that time of day.
Firefighters checked the house for structural damage and isolated gas and electricity.
A section of Ellen Road was closed for several hours but re-opened in the early afternoon.
There were emotional scenes outside the house as Mr Rhodes and his family took in the scale of the damage.
Mr Rhodes had just dropped his girlfriend at work when he received a call from his neighbour’s wife about the incident.
There was a confrontation between the tanker driver and Mr Rhodes, who said: “Accidents happen but he hasn’t even said sorry.”
The tanker is operated by Wincanton, which describes itself as ‘the UK’s preferred partner for the transportation of milk and food ingredients’, and has no link to the Arla megadairy in Aston Clinton.
Wincanton said in a statement: “Wincanton can confirm that the tanker was on its way to collect milk from a number of farms in the immediate area, including one within a mile of Ellen Road. Once collected, the milk would be taken to a dairy in London.”