Lorry crashes through pensioners' home

PUBLISHED: 17:32 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 09:43 12 August 2010

UNEXPECTED VISITOR: Clyde Stephenson and the wreckage.

UNEXPECTED VISITOR: Clyde Stephenson and the wreckage.

A COUPLE got the shock of their lives when a truck careered through their living room. A tipper truck ploughed through Clyde and Sonia Stephenson s lounge

A COUPLE got the "shock of their lives" when a truck careered through their living room.

A tipper truck ploughed through Clyde and Sonia Stephenson's lounge in Upper Elmers End Road, Beckenham on Monday (March 9) at 6.50pm after crashing with a blue Mercedes.

Three other vehicles which were parked in front of the house helped cushion the blow but the vehicle still ended up embedded in their front room, demolishing part of their house.

School caretaker Mr Stephenson, 73, was on his way home and witnessed the truck crash in to the house, where he has lived for 21 years.

His wife, a retired nurse, said: "We were both completely shocked. Clyde saw it happen. We couldn't believe it. We are totally amazed."

Grandmother-of-four Mrs Stephenson, 70, was in the back of the house with her six-year-old granddaughter when she heard an "almighty bang".

She said: "It was like an explosion, like a bomb. I thought the computer upstairs had exploded. It was the shock of our lives. The little one couldn't believe it. She wouldn't let go of my hand.

"The emergency services were amazing. They took really good care of us and I'm so grateful to them."

The driver of the Mercedes was taken to hospital suffering shock but Mrs Stephenson said it was a miracle nobody was seriously injured.

She said: "It could have been so much worse. If the cars weren't there then the truck would have come right through. It could have been a very, very different story. Thank God nobody was killed."

The couple now plan to stay with relatives for the next few days while the damage is surveyed.

Although they are insured, they fear it could be months until they can move back in.

Part of Upper Elmers End Road was shut between 7pm and 9.30pm. A structural surveyor from Bromley council attended the scene on Tuesday morning and the fire brigade were due to visit and secure the house on Wednesday morning.

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