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Streatley crossroads closed after lorry hits buildings

Road expected to be shut 'for some time'

Dan Cooper

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Streatley crossroads closed after lorry hits buildings

THIS is the scene in Streatley after a lorry collided with buildings this morning.

The B4009 is closed at the Streatley crossroads after the lorry became wedged between The Bull Inn pub and an adjacent property.

The A329 in both directions is also closed, while the vehicle is removed and the building damage assessed.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area. The B4009 Streatley High Street remains open but with severely restricted access.

Susan Carter, a Streatley resident, arrived at the scene shortly after the incident had taken place.

She said: “It seems that a wedge has been taken out of the pub and the property next to it, the chimney from the roofline down has been taken out.

“We don’t know what damage there will be until the vehicle is removed.

“It is a narrow road which isn’t designed for large lorries. Just the other week the black bollards which are there to offer some protection were taken out.

“It’s just fortunate a human being wasn’t there at the time.

“The lady who lives in the property that has been damaged has been writing to both Streatley Parish Council and West Berkshire Council for years to express her concerns but nothing has been done.”

Maria Watsham, who lives next door to the property that has been damaged, added: “Something has to be done before someone is killed. It is so dangerous.”

Gail Shuttleworth, who lives opposite The Bull pub, said: “We are waiting here for a chimney to collapse. It is very worrying and disconcerting.

“The Bull is a listed building, as are the other properties here. We just want to protect what we have.

“Four years ago a car came into the front of my house. It’s getting ridiculous.”

Police and fire crews were also in attendance.

Picture posted on Twitter by Tim Schulz.

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  • iduj1

    23/11/2016 - 13:01

    There needs to be a better sign for stating that a road is not suitable for HGVs - something more easily readable for non-english speakers than "unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles". Also, quite often, it is not the length that is the problem (as is the case in this instance) and there are non-HGVs that are as wide and still should not be allowed on these sorts of roads. There are lots of roads like this in the area.

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  • iduj1

    23/11/2016 - 13:01

    There needs to be a better sign for stating that a road is not suitable for HGVs - something more easily readable for non-english speakers than "unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles". Also, quite often, it is not the length that is the problem (as is the case in this instance) and there are non-HGVs that are as wide and still should not be allowed on these sorts of roads. There are lots of roads like this in the area.

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  • TIGER

    23/11/2016 - 13:01

    Thie is awful. Why did he thin k he could get through there!!!!! Idiot

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    • grumpy

      23/11/2016 - 13:01

      Tiger, you already answered your own question !! Idiot - possibly following Sat-Nav ?? :-(

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  • Louise

    Louise

    23/11/2016 - 12:12

    Looks like Johnny Foreigner plates.

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    • NewburyLad

      23/11/2016 - 12:12

      Always is. Funny enough it also seems to be Jonnys' lorries illegal that immigrants poor out of in service station car parks too. Maybe it's time for Jonnys' easy access to UK roads is curtailed somewhat.

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      • iduj1

        23/11/2016 - 13:01

        Actually, I've seen plenty of British plates doing exactly the same thing in other narrow roads.

        Reply

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