Havant home hit by runaway car transporter

CRASH The scene in Bedhampton Road, Havant.  Picture: Allan Hutchings
CRASH The scene in Bedhampton Road, Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings

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A YOUNG couple arrived home after a day out to find their home had been hit by a lorry.

Fortunately no-one was hurt when the large Boarhunt car transporter rolled down a slope, across Bedhampton Road and into the terraced house at 10.30am.

There was no-one in the house at the time and the lorry did not hit any cars on one of the busiest roads in Havant.

The car transporter had just delivered a vehicle to Cambridge Volvo, opposite the house, when the accident happened.

The lorry’s driver had failed to put the handbrake on, causing it to roll down he hill.

The homeowners had gone out for the day and it was not until the afternoon that police were able to track them down and break the news to them.

A relative said they were too upset to speak to The News.

Lynn Jablonski, the landlady of the Golden Lion pub next to the property, said: ‘I was just on the way back from a walk with my dog – I saw the fire engine and thought my pub was on fire.

‘It’s a miracle no-one was hurt and I’m amazed it didn’t hit any cars because this is such a busy road.

‘It’s terrible for the people who live there.

‘They are more than welcome to come in the pub and have a drink on us. I think they’ll probably need it when they see the damage.’

Police were first on the scene and established no-one was inside the building before taping off the front of the house.

Firefighters also attended but there was nothing they could do.

The front bay of the ground floor collapsed but a structural engineer from Havant Borough Council could not enter the building until the owner had given them permission.

Robert Doney a director of Boarhunt Recovery, based in Fareham, said the firm’s insurers had been in touch with the couple.

He said: ‘I have interviewed the driver and conducted an investigation.

‘The driver has admitted that he did not put the handbrake on.

‘It appears it was just an unfortunate accident and it was lucky no-one was hurt.’