A HOMEOWNER said he is lucky to be alive after a lorry crashed into his house this morning.
Anne Wiles, 66, and Len Wiles, 61, of Brockhurst Road, Gosport, had been sleeping when a 7.5tonne Royal Mail lorry ploughed into the house.
It is stuck 4ft into the building, and has demolished the stairwell.
Mr Wiles said: ‘I woke up at about 6am and I heard a smash.
‘I was lucky because I had been planning to go downstairs 10 minutes earlier.
‘We opened the door and there were no stairs – instead we could see a lorry.
‘The fire brigade rescued us and were brilliant. All the emergency services were absolutely brilliant, and our neighbours.’
The couple said they had only recently sold their home, but now things will be on hold.
The road is still 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.
Neighbour Michael Duggan told The News: ‘The first thing we heard was a Big Bang.
‘It was like a bomb going off.’
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.
South Central Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, an officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team.
Hart paramedic Dave Zaple entered the building with the fire service to check the couple over.
He said: ‘The couple had been in bed when the lorry crashed in to their house.
‘The fire service requested a paramedic go in with them to check the pair.
‘The woman is known to have an existing medical condition, and both were checked over.
‘They were fine, but a little shocked and upset.’
The ambulance service said one person – thought to be the driver of the lorry – was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Emergency planners from Gosport Borough Council are also at the scene.
Three families have been evacuated, and will be rehoused today.