NEIGHBOURS in Endon have told how they saw a lorry smash through walls and end up in a front garden after leaving the road.
The HGV ploughed through three gardens in Leek New Road, Endon, just moments after some of the residents had been outside.
One 70-year-old neighbour had to be treated in hospital for shock following the incident at 10.15am yesterday.
The HGV ended up in the garden of the Edwards family whose three children – seven-year-old Emily, nine-year-old Ed and 11-year-old Ben – were being looked after by their grandad.
It happened just moments after dad Matthew – who is related to Manchester United legend Duncan Edwards – had left for work in Birmingham.
Grandad Jack Dayson, aged 70, of Stockton Brook, who was filling up the paddling pool for the children in the back garden, said: “I heard a massive crash so I came around to the front of the house and saw the lorry in the garden wall. It was parked where I usually leave my car, so I dread to think what could have happened if it was in its normal spot.
“Matthew saw the whole thing in his rear-view mirror and came rushing back. If it had been a few moments before it would have hit him.
“I’m just relieved nobody was injured, because he went through three houses – it could have been carnage.”
Neighbours are now counting the cost of the trail of destruction.
Julie Davies, aged 37, said: “I was in the lounge with my daughter when I heard an almighty crash.
“I looked outside and could see the lorry had gone through the fence and knocked down the power line.
“I’d just been doing some potty-training when it happened and I was scared to death that someone was hurt.
“Kids play out in the front garden and it could have been so much worse.”
Neighbour Susan Bibbey, aged 58, said: “My grandson was with me for the day and we were out in the front garden not long before it happened.
“We then heard the crash and it upset my grandson so much he had to go back home.
“I’m surprised nobody was killed.”
Ken Bate, aged 68, added: “I was sitting in the front room when I heard a really heavy rumble before a series of bangs and bumps.
“When I looked out of the window I could see the tail end of the vehicle disappearing into next door’s garden.
“It was a horrendous noise, and I was really worried someone was badly injured.
“The road has been getting busier and busier over the years, and it can be quite hair-raising when you are trying to get out of the house.”
Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses. They closed the road at around lunchtime for the lorry to be removed from the garden.
A spokesman said: “The collision involved a tipper truck which crashed into a telegraph pole and ornamental garden lamppost and came to rest in a garden.
“The 27-year-old driver suffered a head injury and was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
“The road remained blocked until around 1pm while recovery of the truck took place.”
Anyone who saw the crash should call police on 101, quoting incident number 190 of July 31.