Resident treated for shock as dustcart ploughs into houses

The runaway bin lorry on Tunwell Avenue, Ecclesfield
The runaway bin lorry on Tunwell Avenue, Ecclesfield
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One resident has needed medical treatment for shock after a runaway dustcart hit cars before ploughing into two houses on a Sheffield street.

The incident, involving a vehicle operated by Sheffield Council contractor Veolia, happened at about 10am today on Tunwell Avenue, Ecclesfield.

Veolia said it is investigating the cause of the incident.

Eyewitnesses described a loud ‘bang’ as the vehicle hit the cars and houses, before emergency services were called to the scene.

Nobody was seriously hurt.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “An incident was reported to police at around 9.50am yesterday on Tunwell Avenue, Ecclesfield.

“It is believed a refuse disposal lorry collided with the front door of a house on the street, also colliding with a silver Vauxhall Astra van, a black Vauxhall Corsa, and a lamppost.

“There were no injuries sustained by anyone as a result of the incident.

“St Michael’s Crescent at the junction with Tunwell Road and the junction with Wordsworth Avenue was closed due to debris, and re-opened at 1.25pm.”