Lorry drives off after smashing into Thetford house - roads reopened

This house on Earls Street in Thetford was being damaged when a lorry hit the scaffolding. Photo: So

This house on Earls Street in Thetford was being damaged when a lorry hit the scaffolding. Photo: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Archant

Firefighters have stabilised a Thetford house after a lorry crashed into it before allegedly leaving the scene.

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Emergency services were called to Earls Street just after 7.50am this morning, where a lorry had hit the scaffolding covering the house before driving off.

The impact destabilised the flint terrace, which neighbours said has been unoccupied for 18 months and is currently undergoing renovation work.

The Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team, firefighters and police officers were on scene, while UK Power Networks made power lines safe.

No power supplies were interrupted.

This house on Earls Street in Thetford was being damaged when a lorry hit the scaffolding. Photo: So

This house on Earls Street in Thetford was being damaged when a lorry hit the scaffolding. Photo: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Archant

John Linden, watch manager for USAR, said two side walls had been removed for the work and that a prop keeping the house stable had been displaced in the crash.

He said: 'It pushed it along two feet and it's done some damage to the building.

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'We are working to make the power supply safe and we are waiting for building control while trying to locate the owner or builder.'

Earls Street and St Giies Lane were closed, but have since reopened, and emergency services have left the scene.

Road closures remain in place on Well Street, Market Place and King Street ahead of tonight's Christmas lights switch-on.

• Police have encouraged any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information to come forward. Contact 101.