Dorset

Runaway tanker in Dorset crashes into two cars

Tanker crashes into cars
Image caption The gas tanker crashed into two cars but did not cause major damage

A runaway gas tanker has crashed into two cars and come to a rest against a house after rolling down a hill in Dorset.

Police said the stationary tanker had been parked in School Hill in Powerstock, near Bridport, before it came free at about 07:00 GMT.

No-one was injured but the ambulance service attended as a precaution.

The cars sustained minor damage while the house suffered a "glancing blow", police said.

Will Miller, who lives at the house, said: "I woke up to a loud bang. At first I thought it was an explosion because of how loud it was.

Image caption No-one has been injured but the ambulance service attended as a precaution
Image caption School Hill is expected to be closed for at least two hours while the tanker is recovered
Image caption Will Miller, who lives in the home that was hit, said he was worried the tanker was going to explode

"I looked through the window and saw a large cylinder tanker. My immediate thought was that it was going to explode because I smelt burning, so I ducked and legged it out the room."

Police said there was no-one in the tanker at the time but it is not clear how the vehicle started moving.

The road is expected to be closed for at least two hours.

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