Lorry collides with Axminster building

PUBLISHED: 09:32 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:38 11 September 2018

Emergency services closed Silver Street in Axminster after a lorry collided with a building. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Emergency services closed Silver Street in Axminster after a lorry collided with a building. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Town centre cordoned off after fears of a gas leak

Emergency services closed Silver Street in Axminster after a lorry collided with a building. Picture: CHRIS CARSONEmergency services closed Silver Street in Axminster after a lorry collided with a building. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Emergency services were called to the centre of Axminster yesterday evening (Monday, September 10) after fears a gas pipe may have been ruptured when a heavy goods vehicle collided with a building.

Firefighters from Axminster, Charmouth, the Environmental Protection Unit from Taunton and a Hazardous Material and Environmental Protection Officer were called to the scene.

On arrival the officer in charge called for the Heavy Rescue Unit to assist with shoring and securing the property in Silver Street.

The officer in charge confirmed a HGV – believed to be a vehicle connected with the carnival funfare in the NCP cap park - had collided with the rear of two storey building, causing significant damage and resulting in its partial collapse.

All persons were free and clear from the HGV before the arrival of the fire service. In addition the officer in charge confirmed there was no gas leak at this time.

The fire crew got to work putting in place cordons for the safety of the public and the crews, isolating the utilities of the building and rendering welfare checks to the driver. All persons from the building were accounted for and no injuries were reported.

The officer in charge requested the attendance of ambulance for precautionary measures for the driver.

Further to the arrival of the Heavy Rescue Unit from Middlemoor the officer in charge requested the attendance of the Urban Search and Rescue Team from Station 60 Exeter to assist with securing the property and assisting with specialist knowledge.

Police, ambulance, Western Power, Wales and West Utilities and Building Surveyors were on scene assisting fire crews dealing with the incident.

The fire crews and police removed the HGV from the building and out of the risk area. For all on scene and public safety the cordons remained in place.

At 22.05 the property had been made secure by the fire service, all utilities were made safe and safety cordons remained in place for the safety of the public.

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