Safety on narrow stretch of A372 could be reviewed after HGV crashes into house for seventh time

Somerset County Council is willing to consider if “further measures may be possible” on a narrow stretch of the A372 after a HGV struck a house – for the seventh time. David Brennan previously said he heard “an almighty bang” when a ‘container lorry’ struck his cottage near Aller, near Langport on Thursday, October 24. Guttering was left hanging off the house, part of the roof is missing and the fascia has been torn off.

The crash, which he states is the seventh in recent years, left the property in a “dangerous condition”. Mr Brennan, who moved into the house in 2004, now fears the cost of his house insurance will increase again.

David Brennan said there was an almighty bang when a ‘container lorry’ struck his cottage on the A372 in Aller, near Langport

He said: “We live on the narrow bit of the road and when the lorries come up they mount the pavement, and that is what happened – they mounted the pavement and took part of our house with it. “Part of the roof, the guttering and all the fascia has gone.

They ripped all the cables down so we had Western Power Distribution out here. “They need to own up to things like that, they can’t just drive off. They must have known they hit us.

“There was a huge bang and all the neighbours were out. My insurance goes up and up and up every time this happens.” A spokesman for Somerset County Council has said it will speak to Mr Brennan to improve the road’s safety – providing it doesn’t impact pedestrians.

He said: “We are sorry to hear about damage to this property which is situated on a very narrow stretch of road. “There are already signs in place to warn drivers and the centre lines have been removed to encourage careful driving. “We are happy to speak with the property owner to consider if any further measures may be possible but we also have to consider any potential impact on pedestrians as the footway is already very narrow.”

Safety on narrow stretch of A372 could be reviewed after HGV crashes into house for seventh timeThis stretch on the A372 is so narrow that two large vehicles cannot pass each other

Since the incident, Mr Brennan has filed an insurance claim but has been left frustrated with the lack of response from authorites.

He said: “I’ve told everyone I have CCTV and I was hoping someone would investigate it as it’s quite clear what happened. “Police have not even given me the crime number that was promised the next day. The parish council said they can’t do anything.”

He said he has identified the lorry company and approached them about the incident. He said: “The lorry company said they were not in the area but this (CCTV) proves that wrong. “So then they said they would check the lorries’ cameras.

They never phoned us back.” Avon and Somerset Police has asked for anyone who witnessed the collision to call 101 and speak to an officer. A spokesman said: “We had a call at 1.24pm on Thursday, October 24 reporting that a HGV had been in collision with a wall in Aller.

“The incident had happened earlier that day (around 9am). The electricity company were contacted due to damage caused to a power cable. “If anyone saw this collision, please call us on 101 quoting log number 511 of 24 October.”

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