A 55-year-old woman has died after a large goods vehicle ploughed into a house in Main Street, Fairlie, North Ayrshire.
I walked up and had a look. There was a lorry deeply embedded into the corner of an old Victorian sandstone building.
My understanding is that there were two people trapped. The last I heard one man got out but they are still looking for his wife.
It is a coal lorry which for whatever reason has lost control and has ploughed into the house across the road.
– Steve Graham, Eyewitness
This was an accident waiting to happen. There have been a number of near misses but nothing on this scale. It is a very narrow road with premises adjacent to the road.
We in the community council have been complaining about the weight of traffic coming through the A78 which it's not built for. It would not meet current standards for a trunk road.
This is an earlier picture of the house thought to have been hit by a lorry in Fairlie, North Ayrshire today.
Most of the row of houses is protected by a low wall, so the lorry must have left the road before the lamp post seen in the centre of the photo.
A spokeswoman from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue has confirmed two people were trapped in the property along with a pet dog. She said:
– Strathclyde Fire and Rescue spokeswoman
A man and a woman are being rescued by emergency services including the fire service, police and the Scottish Ambulance Special Operations Response Team.
A photograph taken by a resident of Fairlie has taken this picture that appears to show the lorry on its side and partly embedded in the house.
A large section of the corner of the building appears to be missing.
The lorry driver involved in the accident has been taken to hospital, in addition to an elderly man who was hospitalised with a leg injury.
A statement from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue says the emergency services are attending the scene of the crash in "large numbers". The accident happened at 1:45pm this afternoon.
– Strathclyde Fire and Rescue statement
Large numbers of fire, police and ambulance personnel are in attendance, with specially trained personnel from all three services working closely together.
Resources have been drafted from across the west of Scotland, including Strathclyde Fire & Rescue firefighters from its Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR).
Firefighters managed to free the couple who were trapped inside the building, and the man is understood to have been taken to hospital with a leg injury.
A search and rescue operation is under way after a goods lorry crashed into a house in Fairlie, North Ayrshire.