Runaway wagon hits Sheffield house and car

The runaway bin lorry on Tunwell Avenue, Ecclesfield
The runaway bin lorry on Tunwell Avenue, Ecclesfield
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A runaway bin lorry careered out of control, crashing into two cars, demolishing a lamppost, and ploughing into a house in Sheffield.

The dramatic scenes happened when the Veolia bin lorry was making collections in Tunwell Drive, Ecclesfield, at around 9.45am yesterday.

Residents watched in horror as the wagon ploughed down Tunwell Drive and across Tunwell Avenue into the home of a shocked pensioner.

Shop fitter Jamie Smedley, aged 28, whose silver Vauxhall van was damaged, said: “I was in the house when I heard this thud, thud, thud and then a bang.

“I came outside and saw the wagon had crashed into the house opposite - and my van, which had been parked at the bottom of my drive, was at the side of it.

“The lorry had hit a black Corsa first and pulled that along the road, then dragged my car down the street, across the road and into the house. There was an elderly lady in at the time. I think she was a bit shaken up.”

Jamie said: “Veolia couldn’t apologise enough. I was just glad there were no kids playing out. It rolled down the hill and grabbed the car on the way past.”

Owner of the black Corsa, Diane Clayton, aged 59, works as a housekeeper at the Northern General Hospital. She said: “I heard a bang and the next thing my neighbour came to alert me that my car had been damaged. It could have been a lot worse if there had been cars or pedestrians on Tunwell Avenue.”

She said both damaged cars would probably have to be written off, but added: “Veolia have been brilliant. They are trying to get us a courtesy car.”

Police were called to the scene to direct traffic.

Council contractor Amey also attended, along with National Grid workers, to fix the flattened street light.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “It is believed a refuse disposal lorry collided with the front door of a house, a silver Vauxhall Astra van, a black Vauxhall Corsa, and a lamppost.

“There were no injuries sustained by anyone. 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.”

A Veolia spokeswoman said: “We would like to apologise to all concerned. No-one was injured but there was some damage to vehicles and property. We are carrying out an immediate investigation. We take health and safety extremely seriously.”