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UPDATED: Milk tanker crashes into house

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A milk tanker has crashed into a house in Ellen Road, Aylesbury, causing substantial damage.

The tanker mounted the pavement, narrowly missing a lampost and crashed 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.

The driver is reported to have suffered minor injuries. No-one else is reported injured.

It is understood that the house was empty when the tanker ploughed into it.

The tanker is also understood to have been empty at the time of the crash.

A neighbour said it was a ‘miracle’ no-one walking along the pavement had been hit.

Firefighters checked the house, at the junction of Witham Way, for structural damage and isolated gas and electricity.

Ellen Road re-opened earlier this afternoon.

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.”

The property is owned by the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust.

The trust said in a statement: “Following the accident this morning, our primary concern is for the resident.

“We have a Decant Officer on site who will assist the resident in moving to alternative accommodation until their home is repaired.

“Our repairs team is currently cooperating with the police on site. Once we have ascertained the extent of the damage we will ensure the property is structurally sound and secure.”

The incident happened at 9.25am this morning.

More on this as we get it.

 

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