Man dies and child, 11, is left fighting for life after lorry smashes into house

Man dies and child, 11, fights for life in hospital where his father is also injured after lorry smashes into house

  • Police were called to the scene in Kidbrooke, south east London , around 8am
  • Lorry driver was declared dead at the scene after vehicle crashed into a building 
  • Police say 11-year-old child taken to hospital where they are fighting for life 

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A driver was killed and a child is fighting for their life after a bin lorry ploughed into parked cars and a house today.

Several people were injured in the horror smash on a suburban street in Kidbrooke, south east London, during the morning rush hour.

Police, firefighters, paramedics and an air ambulance were scrambled to the scene at around 8am.

Emergency crews confirmed the lorry driver died at the scene and an 11-year-old child is in a ‘life-threatening’ condition. 

The child was on the school run with his father when the green truck ploughed into them, according to witnesses. 

The lorry is understood to have hit a number of cars before crashing into a house 

Man dies and child, 11, is left fighting for life after lorry smashes into house

Emergency services at the scene of devastation in south east London this morning

Man dies and child, 11, is left fighting for life after lorry smashes into house

The crash has left one driver dead and a youngster fighting for their life in hospital 

Man dies and child, 11, is left fighting for life after lorry smashes into house

Police were called to Kidbrooke, south east London , around 8am this morning to reports of a collision involving multiple vehicles and a building

London Fire Brigade said it appeared a lorry had collided with two cars and crashed into a house, causing structural damage to the building.

Station commander Nathan Hobson said: ‘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.’

The London Ambulance Service treated a further three patients. One was taken to a major trauma centre, one was taken to hospital, and one was discharged.

A local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the scene was ‘utterly tragic’ after the lorry crashed just 30 metres from his home.

‘About 8am when I was preparing school run for my kids, all (of a) sudden police, ambulance siren, helicopter sound went on,’ he told the PA news agency.

‘Local traffic was controlled by police, then I heard people are talking about a lorry crashed into local house… then someone was sent off (in an) air ambulance.

‘Bit emotional myself right now after hearing an 11-year-old is in a serious condition.

‘It’s utterly tragic – my thoughts are with their loved ones.’  

Man dies and child, 11, is left fighting for life after lorry smashes into house

The youngster was flown to hospital by air ambulance

Man dies and child, 11, is left fighting for life after lorry smashes into house

London Fire Brigade said it appeared a lorry had collided with two cars and crashed into a house, causing structural damage to the building

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘An 11-year-old child was taken to hospital. Their condition has been assessed as life-threatening.

Two males have been taken to hospital. We await an update on their condition.

‘Sadly one man has been declared dead at the scene. Work is ongoing to trace their next of kin.

Road closures are in place and the public are asked to avoid the area.’

Firefighters from Lee Green, Eltham, Bexley, Croydon and East Greenwich fire stations were also at the scene.

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