Shropshire

Major road closed for weeks after lorry crashes into house near Hinstock

Lorry and house Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption Bricks were strewn across the road after the lorry hit the house

A major road through Shropshire will be closed until the middle of August after a lorry crashed into a Grade II listed house, authorities have confirmed.

The crash, which took place on 26 July on the A41 at Shakeford, near Hinstock, caused severe damage to the building.

The driver was not injured in the crash, and the owners of the home were not at home that evening.

Shropshire Council said parts of the building would have to be taken down "piece by piece".

Image copyright Google
Image caption The house was being renovated before the crash
Image copyright West Mercia Police
Image caption The road was closed after the crash at about 22:45 BST on Tuesday

A council spokesman said the owner's insurers were overseeing work to demolish "a large section" of the building, with any repairs to the road to take place afterwards.

"Reinforcement work will need to be carried out before the road can be reopened, as the weight and pressure caused by opening a running lane for traffic, even under signals, could cause further damage," they said.

"As soon as traffic lights can be installed to replace the closure they will be; however, until the condition of the cellar is known, we cannot remove the closure."

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