Royal Mail lorry smashes into house in Gosport trapping two people

UPDATED: Royal Mail lorry smashes into house

The Royal Mail lorry which hit a house in Gosport this morning. Picture from HFRS

The Royal Mail lorry which hit a house in Gosport this morning. Picture from HFRS

The Royal Mail lorry which hit a house in Gosport this morning. Picture from HFRS

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A HAMPSHIRE couple are lucky to be alive after a lorry ploughed into their house this morning.

Len and Anne Wiles were asleep in their Gosport home when the Royal Mail lorry smashed into the front of their house, demolishing the stairwell.

They were left trapped upstairs of their home, on the A32 Brockhurst Road, where they had to be rescued by firefighters and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

Daily Echo:

Len, who recently sold the house, said he was lucky to be alive because he would normally be going downstairs to make a cup of tea at that time in the morning.

Three families have had to be evacuated and will need to be re-homed, as the emergency services work to make the property structurally safe.

Officer in charge, Paul Coates said: "Our crews were on scene quickly and worked hard to reassure and rescue the two people who were trapped on the first floor of the property".

Daily Echo:

Mr Wiles added: ''The fireman poked his head through the window and said, 'Were you expecting a parcel?'''

The couple have recently agreed the sale of the property and are now hoping the buyer will not pull out.

Mr Wiles said: ''I'm hoping our buyer can hang on until the house is repaired - it's a beautiful house.''

Mrs Wiles said: ''My husband jumped out of bed - went on to the landing and there was a big gaping hole and the front of a lorry.

''We were really, really shook up. My husband broke down because he was going to get up 10 minutes before it happened.''

Police were called to the scene at around 5.45am, along with fire crews from Gosport and Southsea, the Urban Search and Rescue Team, two ambulances and HART.

One person, believed to be the lorry driver, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

A police spokesperson said the Wiles had gone to stay with friends while the damage was assessed.

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: ''Royal Mail can confirm that an incident took place involving a Royal Mail vehicle. The vehicle collided with a residential property on Brockhurst Road, Gosport.

"We are carrying out an internal investigation into the circumstances and we are thankful that no-one was injured as a result of this accident.''

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9:55am Thu 20 Mar 14

hulla baloo says...

HART? years ago the neighbours would rally together, get a ladder and climb out the windows.
HART? years ago the neighbours would rally together, get a ladder and climb out the windows. hulla baloo
  • Score: -6

10:00am Thu 20 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

At least they got their post before 4 pm
At least they got their post before 4 pm bigfella777
  • Score: 32

10:45am Thu 20 Mar 14

Rhombus says...

Wow .He is in line with the wall behind the truck. Like he swerved perfectly into the courtyard and into the house . Better than the BP station next door I guess.
Wow .He is in line with the wall behind the truck. Like he swerved perfectly into the courtyard and into the house . Better than the BP station next door I guess. Rhombus
  • Score: 5

10:46am Thu 20 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

bigfella777 wrote:
At least they got their post before 4 pm
Doesn't count,its supposed to go through the letterbox,not the bedroom window. ;0)
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: At least they got their post before 4 pm[/p][/quote]Doesn't count,its supposed to go through the letterbox,not the bedroom window. ;0) Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 14

11:01am Thu 20 Mar 14

southy says...

hulla baloo wrote:
HART? years ago the neighbours would rally together, get a ladder and climb out the windows.
True they did and still do in some areas, and there,s a bit you and many others forget it is possible to make things worse than they are, like opening a window could make the brick work move as you could be changing the structure support that is keeping the building up
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: HART? years ago the neighbours would rally together, get a ladder and climb out the windows.[/p][/quote]True they did and still do in some areas, and there,s a bit you and many others forget it is possible to make things worse than they are, like opening a window could make the brick work move as you could be changing the structure support that is keeping the building up southy
  • Score: 12

11:25am Thu 20 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Will there be a Post Mortem to stamp out any repeat.
Will there be a Post Mortem to stamp out any repeat. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 7

11:27am Thu 20 Mar 14

Hampshire Corn and Bread says...

southy wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
HART? years ago the neighbours would rally together, get a ladder and climb out the windows.
True they did and still do in some areas, and there,s a bit you and many others forget it is possible to make things worse than they are, like opening a window could make the brick work move as you could be changing the structure support that is keeping the building up
And in English?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: HART? years ago the neighbours would rally together, get a ladder and climb out the windows.[/p][/quote]True they did and still do in some areas, and there,s a bit you and many others forget it is possible to make things worse than they are, like opening a window could make the brick work move as you could be changing the structure support that is keeping the building up[/p][/quote]And in English? Hampshire Corn and Bread
  • Score: -5

11:51am Thu 20 Mar 14

Micle1974 says...

special delivery!!!
special delivery!!! Micle1974
  • Score: 11

12:01pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Gossie. says...

I worked for Royal Mail for 33 years, and this sort of accident is inevitable for their drivers, obviously no idea why this happened, could be a genuine accident, but during my time as a Royal Mail manager we were always struggling and fighting to get drivers to take their job and other road users safety seriously, too often they would get caught, seen smoking, making phone calls, eating, and trying to read the addresses to save time, instead of keeping there eyes on the road.
Royal Mail has a near none existent driver training policy, with their smaller vehicles, with changeover training.
I worked for Royal Mail for 33 years, and this sort of accident is inevitable for their drivers, obviously no idea why this happened, could be a genuine accident, but during my time as a Royal Mail manager we were always struggling and fighting to get drivers to take their job and other road users safety seriously, too often they would get caught, seen smoking, making phone calls, eating, and trying to read the addresses to save time, instead of keeping there eyes on the road. Royal Mail has a near none existent driver training policy, with their smaller vehicles, with changeover training. Gossie.
  • Score: 8

12:29pm Thu 20 Mar 14

03alpe01 says...

Micle1974 wrote:
special delivery!!!
beat me to it!
[quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: special delivery!!![/p][/quote]beat me to it! 03alpe01
  • Score: 2

1:48pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bob Barnes says...

The only comment I have is Thankfully no one was hurt, pity some of you sick **** were not stood against the house on impact
The only comment I have is Thankfully no one was hurt, pity some of you sick **** were not stood against the house on impact Bob Barnes
  • Score: -10

2:35pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Outside of the Box says...

A First class delivery by a Second class driver.
A First class delivery by a Second class driver. Outside of the Box
  • Score: 5

3:40pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Will there be a Post Mortem to stamp out any repeat.
Good post,well delivered.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Will there be a Post Mortem to stamp out any repeat.[/p][/quote]Good post,well delivered. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 1

3:57pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

The new owners can't have paid their stamp duty!
The new owners can't have paid their stamp duty! Brite Spark
  • Score: 4

3:58pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

Royal Fail!
Royal Fail! Brite Spark
  • Score: 1

4:34pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Micle1974 wrote:
special delivery!!!
beat me to it!
Absolutely predictable and not inventive.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: special delivery!!![/p][/quote]beat me to it![/p][/quote]Absolutely predictable and not inventive. Brite Spark
  • Score: -12

6:02pm Thu 20 Mar 14

whufan says...

Lucky for them they were in, otherwise they would have had to take the "sorry you were out" card and two proofs of I.D. to their local sorting office to have it re-arranged.
Lucky for them they were in, otherwise they would have had to take the "sorry you were out" card and two proofs of I.D. to their local sorting office to have it re-arranged. whufan
  • Score: 9

7:12pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Solomon's Boot says...

Could have just knocked!
Could have just knocked! Solomon's Boot
  • Score: 6

7:53pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Stubs says...

I thought post man pat was a safe driver. God nose what his black and white cat must of thought of this.
I thought post man pat was a safe driver. God nose what his black and white cat must of thought of this. Stubs
  • Score: 0

8:42pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Stubs says...

In future get the black and white cat to do the driving.
In future get the black and white cat to do the driving. Stubs
  • Score: 4

11:51pm Thu 20 Mar 14

03alpe01 says...

Brite Spark wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
Micle1974 wrote:
special delivery!!!
beat me to it!
Absolutely predictable and not inventive.
lighten up!
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: special delivery!!![/p][/quote]beat me to it![/p][/quote]Absolutely predictable and not inventive.[/p][/quote]lighten up! 03alpe01
  • Score: 5

12:44am Fri 21 Mar 14

soobear says...

That's a depot to depot lorry, not a customer delivery lorry & it occurs to me that perhaps the driver was taken ill while at the wheel. It does say he was taken to hospital. Hope he's ok & glad the occupants were not hurt.
That's a depot to depot lorry, not a customer delivery lorry & it occurs to me that perhaps the driver was taken ill while at the wheel. It does say he was taken to hospital. Hope he's ok & glad the occupants were not hurt. soobear
  • Score: 4

12:17pm Fri 21 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

Gossie. wrote:
I worked for Royal Mail for 33 years, and this sort of accident is inevitable for their drivers, obviously no idea why this happened, could be a genuine accident, but during my time as a Royal Mail manager we were always struggling and fighting to get drivers to take their job and other road users safety seriously, too often they would get caught, seen smoking, making phone calls, eating, and trying to read the addresses to save time, instead of keeping there eyes on the road.
Royal Mail has a near none existent driver training policy, with their smaller vehicles, with changeover training.
I'm inclined to believe you. When I cycle round the Peter Cooper roundabout near the local depot, I've given up expecting RM trucks to give way.

Utter maniacs.
[quote][p][bold]Gossie.[/bold] wrote: I worked for Royal Mail for 33 years, and this sort of accident is inevitable for their drivers, obviously no idea why this happened, could be a genuine accident, but during my time as a Royal Mail manager we were always struggling and fighting to get drivers to take their job and other road users safety seriously, too often they would get caught, seen smoking, making phone calls, eating, and trying to read the addresses to save time, instead of keeping there eyes on the road. Royal Mail has a near none existent driver training policy, with their smaller vehicles, with changeover training.[/p][/quote]I'm inclined to believe you. When I cycle round the Peter Cooper roundabout near the local depot, I've given up expecting RM trucks to give way. Utter maniacs. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

12:20pm Fri 21 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

soobear wrote:
That's a depot to depot lorry, not a customer delivery lorry & it occurs to me that perhaps the driver was taken ill while at the wheel. It does say he was taken to hospital. Hope he's ok & glad the occupants were not hurt.
Yes, illness, that'd be the reason for going to hospital.

Absolutely nothing to do with having driven through the side of a house.
[quote][p][bold]soobear[/bold] wrote: That's a depot to depot lorry, not a customer delivery lorry & it occurs to me that perhaps the driver was taken ill while at the wheel. It does say he was taken to hospital. Hope he's ok & glad the occupants were not hurt.[/p][/quote]Yes, illness, that'd be the reason for going to hospital. Absolutely nothing to do with having driven through the side of a house. From the sidelines
  • Score: 4

12:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

Bob Barnes wrote:
The only comment I have is Thankfully no one was hurt, pity some of you sick **** were not stood against the house on impact
Bob, what's a nice man like you doing commenting in a place like this?
[quote][p][bold]Bob Barnes[/bold] wrote: The only comment I have is Thankfully no one was hurt, pity some of you sick **** were not stood against the house on impact[/p][/quote]Bob, what's a nice man like you doing commenting in a place like this? From the sidelines
  • Score: 3

10:30am Sat 22 Mar 14

skeptik says...

First post, second post and here last post.
First post, second post and here last post. skeptik
  • Score: 1

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