A mother from Gloucestershire says she and her family “could have been killed” after an eight-tonne trailer smashed into the front of her home.

Lauren Homer, who lives in Lydbrook, was sitting in the front room of her house with her four-week-old baby and three-year-old daughter when she heard a “massive bang”.

Looking out of her window, the mother was shocked to see a tractor trailer six inches from her front window - having ploughed through her front wall.

The eight-tonne trailer reportedly came loose as it tried to overtake a parked car on a blind corner.

“It took me a few minutes to register what it was,” Lauren said. “I think if it wasn’t for the wall and parked car, it would have come inside the house and we would have all been dead.

“We were sat on the sofa in the bay window and my daughter was hysterical, because she didn’t know what it was.”

The trailer destroyed Lauren’s front wall and car, which was parked outside.

“I’m on edge now,” she added. “I feel like every time I hear a lorry come round the corner it could happen again.

Lauren's damaged front wall Credit: Lauren Homer

“God, what if I had been putting my daughter in the car or if there was a pedestrian walking along the road at the time?"The incident took place at around midday on Thursday, January 17.

Lauren said she called police immediately, and they remained at the scene until approximately 4pm while the B4234 was temporarily closed.

Shocking images show the trailer and its load pressed up against the front room window, inches from where Lauren and her young family were sitting.

The front of Lauren's car after the trailer ploughed into it Credit: Lauren Homer

Following the incident, Lauren called for the 30mph speed restriction on the B4234 to be raised to 40mph.

Lydbrook and Ruardean councillor Bruce Hogan commented: "There has been concern about the speed of vehicles going through the village and the county council has repeatedly rebuffed requests from the parish council to extend the 30mph speed limit along the entire length of the B4234 through the village to include Lower Lydbrook.

"The B4234 is an important link road between Ross-on-Wye, the A40 and the Forest. I think it would be very difficult to persuade the highways authorities to impose a weight restriction."

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Constabulary confirmed no police action will be taken.