A TIVERTON man thought it was the end of the world when he woke to hear a haulage truck hurtling through the front garden of his cottage at Beeston Brook in the early hours of Monday.
Part of Peter Dunning’s 400-year-old Holly Tree Cottage was destroyed when a 22-tonne truck crashed into his home of 15-months while he slept.
“I just heard a huge crash,” said Mr Dunning following his lucky escape. “I thought it was the end of the world.
“It was shocking.
“My bedroom is right above so it was a bit close.”
Following the incident, police closed the A49 between the A51 and A543 until 11am, by which time the lorry had been removed from Mr Dunning’s front garden and workers had knocked down the rest of the crushed conservatory.
Mr Dunning’s daughter Kristina, who also lives at the cottage, added: “If it’d had a full load it would have kept ploughing on in to the cottage and hit dad.”
At a meeting on Tuesday, Tiverton and Tilston Parish Council said it would continue to press council chiefs to reduce the speed limit on the Tiverton stretch of the A49.
Chairman Gordon Ibbotson said: “This emphasises the fact that we have been pressing for some time, for a reduced speed limit on the A49.
“We are at odds with Cheshire West and Chester council on this after an independent consultants looked at all the speed limits in the area and proposed a reduction to 30mph from the Red Fox pub until after the bridge.
“We told the parish council this was going to happen but it emerged in January that it had been rescinded.
“We thought we had a reduction but unfortunately it’s not going to be.
“There’s a long history of accidents on that stretch of road. They said many accidents were at the Huxley Lane junction and reducing the speed limit wouldn’t help, I can’t see the sense of this at all.
“We will still campaign for a reduced speed limit.”
While The Chronicle was at Holly Tree Cottage, a second lorry smashed into the nearby train bridge, damaging its trailer and causing more delays.
Cheshire West and Chester spokesperson Shirley Wingfield confirmed there had been 13 non-serious incidents on the A49 at Tiverton during the last five years.