Lucky escape after 32-ton tanker ploughs through garden and into house

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A YOUNG family had a lucky escape after a 32-ton sewage tanker ploughed through a fence, across the garden, and struck their house.

The lorry, which carries slurry from septic tanks, had stopped to refuel at a service station across the road when the driver got out to pay.

The tanker rolled out of the garage, across the road, and crushed the family picnic table before crashing into the front wall of Eilidh Robb’s home.

Luckily, there was no-one in the house at the time
Luckily, there was no-one in the house at the time

 

The 28-year-old from Tore in the Black Isle, said her three children, Harry, 18 months, Max, three and Ella, seven, could have been killed.

Thankfully, she had just taken her children to school when the accident happened on Monday morning.

Eilidh, who shares the homes with partner Gary Murray, said the front wall was cracked by the impact.

The lorry left a crack in the front of the house
The lorry left a crack in the front of the house

 

She said: “I was in complete shock when I got the call, and when I saw what had happened I was hysterical.

“By the time I got home the driver had reversed the lorry back but it wasn’t moving very easily.

“He was shaking like a leaf.”

She added: “It could have been a lot worse – I don’t like to think about what could have happened.

The tanker had been filling up across the road
The tanker had been filling up across the road

 

“My children are always running in and out of the house all the time, especially when we are getting ready to go out. They could have easily been hit.”

The lorry was operated by Ayrshire-based firm Billy Bowie.

Eilidh claims she has not yet received an apology or explanation from the company, which provides tanker services and waste disposal contractors.

A police spokesman said: “The heavy goods vehicle crossed the road before going through a garden fence and colliding with the building. Police were in attendance and there were no injuries.

“The lorry driver was outwith the vehicle at the time. Inquiries are ongoing.”

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