Polish lorry stuck and resting on its rims in Exmoor village after sat nav error
A blundering Polish lorry driver wedged his vehicle between a house and a churchyard wall in an Exmoor village closing the road and damaging the house after a sat nav error.
The vehicle, which belongs to Polish firm Skat, became stuck between two walls in Sanctuary Lane in Brompton Regis, Somerset at about 7pm yesterday.
It is believed to have been carrying paper to a paper mill in Watchet.
The Highways Agency is attempting to recover the lorry and said the road could remain closed all day on Friday.
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The 44-tonne articulated lorry's back wheels have blown and it is resting on its rims.
Homeowner Kevin Steer said the lorry is embedded in the side of his house, and has caused considerable damage, including ripping off guttering, slates, bargeboard and electric cable.
He said he was amazed to find the lorry stuck there, and was in a state of shock.
"He came up the road by sat nav I would think.
"I was in the house at the time - it sounded like shotguns going off as both his tyres exploded when they were ripped by some stones.
"The driver is Polish and doesn't speak a word of English.
"He stayed in his cab all night - in his sleeping quarters.
"This is a regular occurrence that large lorries come through the village, and normally they just take the guttering off," he said.
"Most drivers don't stop but two years ago I chased a lorry down the Exe Valley in my car and had to drive in front of it to block the road because the driver wouldn't stop.
"I've contacted the Highways Agency about this before and they seem to think it's difficult to stop them coming through.
"They're very reluctant to put bollards in or anything to protect the house.
"This happens all over the country - I think lorries ought to have a separate sat nav system.
"I have a £150 excess on my insurance - it makes me cross if I'm lumped with £150 every time.
"Normally the lorries don't stop and I have to foot the cost of putting back the guttering each time."
Mr Steer said he thought lorries from Europe were being directed through the village by satellite navigation equipment and said companies should consider an alternative route.
He said: "I think it's high time that there should be a separate system solely for lorry drivers, to stop them going down these narrow, undriveable roads."