Essex

Rayleigh road sweeper crashes into house

Lorry crash scene Image copyright Essex County Fire & Rescue Service
Image caption The road sweeper lorry crashed into the dining room of a house in Claremont Crescent

A road sweeper careered into the dining room of a house, narrowly avoiding a family who were feeding their rabbit at the time.

The vehicle smashed into the house in Claremont Crescent, Rayleigh, Essex, on Tuesday morning.

The house was left structurally unsound and had to be shored up by fire crews.

Station Officer John Tidbury said the two parents and their child were "extremely lucky that they were not seriously hurt."

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Image caption The house was left structurally unsafe and had to be shored up

"The lorry had collided into the kitchen-diner of the house at around breakfast time," he said.

"Luckily the family had gone into the back garden to feed their pet rabbit at the same time the lorry struck their house.

"If they had all been sitting at their dining room table at the time the lorry hit the property, the situation could have been far worse."

Two fire crews and an urban search and rescue team worked to make the house safe.

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Image caption The lorry was removed a few hours after crashing into the family's dining room

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