Kidbrooke lorry crash: Driver dead and child critical

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Six people were treated for injuries following the crash on Monday morning

A man has died and an 11-year-old boy is in a life-threatening condition after a lorry crashed into a house in south-east London.

Emergency services were called to Broad Walk, Kidbrooke, at 08:05 BST, where six people had been injured in the crash.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the 29-year-old lorry driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other men were taken to hospital, London Ambulance Service (LAS) added.

LFB said the crash had also caused structural damage to a house in Woolacombe Road.

Station commander Nathan Hobson said: "It was a challenging incident and it appears that a lorry collided with two cars and crashed into a house.

"Specialist urban search and rescue crews attended the scene and efforts were made to free the lorry driver but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene."

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Kidbrooke lorry crash: Driver dead and child critical

A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said the scene was "utterly tragic" after the lorry crashed just 30 metres from his home.

He added: "I was preparing for the school run, all [of a] sudden police, ambulance siren, helicopter sound went on.

"Local traffic was controlled by police, then I heard people are talking about a lorry crashed into a house... then someone was sent off [in an] air ambulance.

"It's utterly tragic - my thoughts are with their loved ones."

Another neighbour, who also asked not to be named, described the crash as "sounding like an earthquake".

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Greenwich Council said it was not aware any of its vehicles or employees were involved in the crash
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LAS said six patients were treated for injuries at the scene.

A spokesman added: "Unfortunately, one patient was found to have died at the scene.

"Of the remaining five patients, we took three to hospital and two were discharged at the scene."

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One patient was flown to a major trauma centre in London

It is understood one of the patients was flown by air ambulance to a major trauma centre in London.

The Met Police said the two men who were taken to hospital had been told their injuries were neither life-threatening nor life-changing.

Officers are still trying to find the driver's next of kin and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.


Det Con Neil Webb said the Met was appealing for dash-cam or home CCTV footage to help understand more about the crash.

"This is a traumatic incident and my thoughts are with those involved and their loved ones," he added.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Council said it was aware of the crash, but had been told "no council vehicles or employees were involved".

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