A LORRY with an unretracted stabiliser left a trail of destruction in its wake.
Horrified residents of Franklyn Avenue, Crewe, feared they were hearing an earthquake as the builder’s wagon shunted two cars 50 yards down the road, demolishing a garden wall and smashing into a lamppost before coming to a halt.
One of the lorry’s stabilisers had swung out and scooped up the cars parked in the street. The blue Citroën and a silver-blue Proton were both written off.
Student Rachel Malam described the mayhem on Wednesday lunchtime.
Miss Malam, 17, said: ‘There was a big bang and then a really long, painful sound.
‘Everyone went outside because it sounded like an earthquake and there were bits of cars and glass everywhere.
‘It dragged the cars about 50 yards and the noise was absolutely terrific. Thankfully, no one was injured.’
Another witness, whose front wall was demolished, said her daughter had been lucky to avoid injury.
She said: ‘I was in the house and I heard this awful noise and saw that one car was on its side and had destroyed my wall.
‘We were lucky because my daughter was three minutes late for college round the corner.
‘If she had been on time she would have been walking down the road when it happened.’
Sgt Ian Holley, of Cheshire Police Specialist Investigation Unit, said the incident under investigation.
He said: ‘It appears the vehicle was unloading in the area and for some reason the stabiliser leg has collided with two parked cars.
‘We’re now making further enquiries to establish why this happened, and a vehicle examiner is looking at the lorry and cars.
‘We are yet to seek an explanation from the driver of the lorry.’