Lorry house crash kills woman

A 55-year-old woman has died after a lorry ploughed into a house in Fairlie, North Ayrshire.

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Lorry crash was 'accident waiting to happen'

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.

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.

– Steve Graham, Eyewitness

Fire Service: Two people and a dog trapped in house

A spokeswoman from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue has confirmed two people were trapped in the property along with a pet dog. She said:

A man and a woman are being rescued by emergency services including the fire service, police and the Scottish Ambulance Special Operations Response Team.

– Strathclyde Fire and Rescue spokeswoman

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Fire Service: Emergency services attending lorry crash

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.

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).

– Strathclyde Fire and Rescue statement
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