Driver dies and boy, 11, is critical as HGV hits house

A LORRY driver died and an 11-year-old boy is fighting for his life after the vehicle collided with two cars and crashed into a house in south-east London. Neighbours described hearing a bang ‘like an earthquake’ as it struck the cars and smashed into the property.

Six people were treated for their injuries after emergency services were called to Kidbrooke shortly after 8am yesterday. The HGV driver, 29, died at the scene and the boy was taken to hospital in a ‘life-threatening’ condition, the Metropolitan Police said. Two other males were taken to hospital, where their condition was not yet known.

Driver dies and boy, 11, is critical as HGV hits house‘Utterly tragic’: Emergency services crews tend to a person at the scene PICTURE: PA

London Fire Brigade said there was structural damage to the house.

Station commander Nathan Hobson said: ‘It was a challenging incident and it appears that a lorry collided with two cars and crashed into a house.

Driver dies and boy, 11, is critical as HGV hits houseCollision: Two of the vehicles damaged in the incident. One man died and six people were hurt, including a boy who is in a ‘lifethreatening’ condition PICTURE: LNP

‘Specialist urban search and rescue crews attended the scene and efforts were made to free the lorry driver but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.’ One resident, who asked not to be named, described the incident as ‘utterly tragic’.

He said: ‘I was preparing the school run and all of a sudden police, ambulance siren, helicopter sound went on.’ London Ambulance Service said four crews and London’s Air Ambulance attended the scene.

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