Part of A32 closed after lorry crashes into a house

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TWO people have been rescued after a Royal Mail lorry ploughed into their home in Gosport this morning.

Hampshire police were called to the A32 Brockhurst road at 5.45am, after receiving calls of a lorry going into a house.

SCENE The accident happend on the A32 Brockhurst Road, between Elson Road and Eastbourne Avenue. Picture: Paul Jacobs

SCENE The accident happend on the A32 Brockhurst Road, between Elson Road and Eastbourne Avenue. Picture: Paul Jacobs

The road is closed in both directions between the roundabout at Elson Road and Eastbourne Avenue, and is likely to remain closed for the rest of the morning.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called at 5.47am and sent the aerial ladder platform (ALP) from Southsea, and two fire engines from Gosport.

The Urban Search and Rescue team has also been dispatched.

Paul Cox, of the fire service, said: ‘We have been to quite a few buildings with vehicles inside them.

‘We got here at about 6am, and there were two people trapped in their home on the upstairs floor.

‘We decided to use the ALP and remove a window and get the couple out.

‘They are being checked over by the ambulance service.

‘The houses either side of the accident will need to be evacuated because the building is structurally unsafe.

‘We have got three families that will need to be rehoused today.’

The couple are thought to be in their 60s, uninjured, but shocked.

They are being checked over by South Central Ambulance Service, along with the driver of the lorry.

The fire service has now turned its attention to rescuing a family of four, who are trapped in their home.

Mr Cox added: ‘The lorry hit the neighbour’s parked car, which has gone into the front door and on to a gas main.

‘The gas company has closed off the supply from the area, and we will be freeing the family.’

Emergency planners from Gosport Borough Council are also at the scene.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said: ‘A 7.5 tonne Royal Mail lorry has gone into the side of the building.

‘There were two people trapped inside, but at 7.15am the ALP rescued them.

‘The integrity of the building has also been compromised.’

Hampshire Constabulary said all three emergency services are at the scene.

There are no reported injuries.