Driver dies as lorry crashes into British Legion club

A lorry driver has died after the truck he was driving crashed into the Royal British Legion Club in Wednesbury.

Flowers and poppy wreath left in honour of lorry driver

Flowers and a wreath of poppies have been left outside a Royal British Legion club in Sandwell in honour of a lorry driver who died when he ploughed into the side of the building.

The man, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A poppy wreath has been left by the club members in honour of the driver of the lorry
A poppy wreath has been left by the club members in honour of the driver of the lorry Credit: ITV News Central

Despite the crash devastating the club building, members left tributes honouring the man.

The message left with the wreath of poppies, traditionally used by the Legion to honour the war dead, reads: "Thoughts for a life lost and a grieving family. From Wednesbury Royal British Legion."

The message on the wreath
The message on the wreath Credit: ITV News Central

The lorry was travelling along High Bullen when it left the road and ploughed into the side of the clubhouse.

There were around 15 people inside at the time, but nobody else was hurt.

Flowers have also been left at the scene
Flowers have also been left at the scene Credit: ITV News Central

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Pictured: Inside the club destroyed in lorry crash

Members of the Royal British Legion club in Wednesbury were today counting the cost after a lorry ploughed through a wall, destroying a large part of the building.

The lorry was travelling along High Bullen when it veered off the road a smashed into the building.

The hole left by the lorry, which ploughed through a side wall
The hole left by the lorry, which ploughed through a side wall Credit: ITV News Central

Today, a large hole can be seen in the side of the club, with the inside reduced to rubble.

The members area, as well as the kitchen, were among the rooms destroyed in the crash.

Some of the rubble left
Some of the rubble left Credit: ITV News Central

Around 15 people were inside the club at the time. The lorry driver was declared dead at the scene, but nobody else was injured.

The inside of the club has been destroyed
The inside of the club has been destroyed Credit: ITV News Central

Legion members devastated after lorry destroys club

Members of the Royal British Legion club in Sandwell destroyed after a lorry ploughed through a wall have spoked of their devastation.

The driver of the lorry, which was delivering a load of milk, died at the scene.

Club secretary Linda Holl told ITV News Central that everybody was grateful no one else was injured - and said had the club been busier, she was sure there would have been a higher death toll.

Pictures: Lorry crash at Black Country social club

This was the scene when a milk lorry veered off the road and ploughed into the side of a Royal British Legion club in Sandwell.

The driver of the lorry died at the scene, but nobody else was injured.

The lorry crashed into the club shortly before 8pm yesterday
The lorry crashed into the club shortly before 8pm yesterday Credit: ITV News Central

Emergency services were called to the scene around 8pm yesterday after the lorry smashed into the side of the club, at the junction of High Bullen and Church Hill, Wednesbury.

Around 15 people were inside at the time.

The lorry embedded itself in the wall of the club
The lorry embedded itself in the wall of the club Credit: ITV News Central
Some of the damage done to the club
Some of the damage done to the club Credit: ITV News Central

Roads cordoned off after milk lorry hit social club

Two roads in Wednesbury remain closed off this morning as investigations continue into what caused a milk lorry to veer off the road and smash into a local social club.

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No other reported injuries in Wednesbury collision. Emergency services continue to work at scene. High Bullen and Church Hill closed.

The lorry was travelling down the A461 High Bullen when it smashed into the Royal British Legion club shortly before 8pm yesterday.

High Bullen and neighbouring street Church Hill both remain cordoned off.

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Map showing location of British Legion lorry crash

These maps show where a lorry delivering milk crashed into a Royal British Legion club near Wednesbury in the Black Country this evening.

Map showing lorry crash in relation to wider road network Credit: ITV News Central

The lorry was travelling down the A461 High Bullen when it veered off the road and smashed into the social club.

Lorry crashed between Church Hill and High Bullen (A461) Credit: ITV News Central

The driver was pronounced dead by paramedics, and the building was evacuated. No other injuries have been reported.

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Emergency services remain on Wednesbury crash scene

West Midlands Ambulance Service, response incident teams, West Midlands Police and the fire service remain on the scene of a fatal crash in Wednesbury, in which a lorry driver collided with a Royal British Legion club earlier tonight.

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Evening folks, B unit on through the night. Our lates crews are still at the scene of the RTC in Wednesbury.

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Customers evacuated after Wednesbury Legion crash

Customers were evacuated from inside a Royal British Legion club in Wednesbury "as a precaution", a police spokeswoman said, and no injuries have been reported.

Emergency services were called to the scene around 8pm tonight after the lorry collided with the side of the social club at the junction of High Bullen and Church Hill.

The roads around the scene remain closed as emergency services work at the scene until the building is made safe, the vehicle is recovered and inquiries are made at the scene by specialist police collision investigators.

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