This is the shocking moment an out-of-control bin lorry smashed into a home and parked cars leaving the 29-year-old driver dead and a child for for their life. 

Several people were injured as the HGV hurtled down the suburban street in Kidbrooke, south east London, during the morning rush hour.

The lorry struck two cars, before then hitting two more cars and the house.  Police, firefighters, paramedics and an air ambulance were scrambled to the scene at around 8am.

Emergency crews confirmed the lorry driver died at the scene and an 11-year-old child is in a ‘life-threatening’ condition. 

Two other men, one understood to be the child’s father, have been taken to hospital, but their injuries are not life threatening.

The child was on the school run with his father when the green truck ploughed into them, according to witnesses. 

A lorry driver has died and an 11-year-old child has been rushed to hospital following the crash in Kidbrooke, south east London, at around 8am this morning

A lorry driver has died and an 11-year-old child has been rushed to hospital following the crash in Kidbrooke, south east London, at around 8am this morning

The lorry struck two cars, before then hitting two more cars and the house

The lorry struck two cars, before then hitting two more cars and the house

The lorry drove through one of the vehicles and then hit and house on the suburban road

The lorry drove through one of the vehicles and then hit and house on the suburban road

The lorry is understood to have hit a number of cars before crashing into a house 

The crash has left one driver dead and a youngster fighting for their life in hospital

The crash has left one driver dead and a youngster fighting for their life in hospital 

A local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the scene was 'utterly tragic'

A local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the scene was ‘utterly tragic’

London Fire Brigade said it appeared a lorry had collided with two cars and crashed into a house, causing structural damage to the building.

Station commander Nathan Hobson said: ‘Specialist Urban Search and Rescue crews attended the scene and efforts were made to free the lorry driver but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.’

The London Ambulance Service treated a further three patients. One was taken to a major trauma centre, one was taken to hospital, and one was discharged.

Five vehicles were severely damaged in the crash while several others suffered minor damage.

A black Land Rover Freelander 2 – which the injured father and son had been in – had careered into the side of the property.

A local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the scene was ‘utterly tragic’ after the lorry crashed just 30 metres from his home.

‘About 8am when I was preparing school run for my kids, all (of a) sudden police, ambulance siren, helicopter sound went on,’ he said. 

‘Bit emotional myself right now after hearing an 11-year-old is in a serious condition. It’s utterly tragic – my thoughts are with their loved ones.’ 

One neighbour said she heard a loud bang that sounded like "an earthquake"

One neighbour said she heard a loud bang that sounded like ‘an earthquake’

Aerial images from the scene show the trail of devastation. According to onlookers, the lorry hit a child who was en route to school

Aerial images from the scene show the trail of devastation. According to onlookers, the lorry hit a child who was en route to school

The London Ambulance Service treated a further three patients. One was taken to a major trauma centre, one was taken to hospital, and one was discharged.

The London Ambulance Service treated a further three patients. One was taken to a major trauma centre, one was taken to hospital, and one was discharged.

Emergency services at the scene of devastation in south east London this morning

Emergency services at the scene of devastation in south east London this morning

One woman, who asked not to be named, told the PA news agency: ‘I woke up and just heard a loud bang – it sounded like an earthquake.’ 

A 35-year-old builder, who did want to be named, would have been inside his leased grey Peugeot Partner van setting off for work had the crash happened 10 minutes later.

His vehicle had been parked outside his home when the lorry smashed into it and caused it to drag a grey Volkswagen Passat into a neighbouring wall.

He said: ‘I was just getting ready to go to work when I heard this huge smash. I looked out and my van was destroyed.

‘It’s only a piece of metal – just a van which is replaceable. But another 10 minutes and I would have been dead had I been inside it.’ 

Locals said the family were not in the house when the lorry smashed into the front room.

One neighbour said: ‘They’re so fortunate. It could have been an unthinkable tragedy had they all been home.’ 

This afternoon, the distraught homeowner was sat on the wall opposite watching officers search for clues through the rubble of his house.

He was too upset to comment. The green industrial bin lorry had smashed into the side of his home and ploughed into the front room. 

The road has speed bumps along it as it is used as a rat run in rush hour.

One theory being investigated by Scotland Yard is the possibility the lorry driver may have suffered a medical episode while behind the wheel.

Police were called to Kidbrooke, south east London , around 8am this morning to reports of a collision involving multiple vehicles and a building

Police were called to Kidbrooke, south east London , around 8am this morning to reports of a collision involving multiple vehicles and a building

The youngster was flown to hospital by air ambulance following the crash on Monday morning

The youngster was flown to hospital by air ambulance following the crash on Monday morning

London Fire Brigade said it appeared a lorry had collided with two cars and crashed into a house, causing structural damage to the building

London Fire Brigade said it appeared a lorry had collided with two cars and crashed into a house, causing structural damage to the building

A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at approximately 08:05hrs on Monday, 14 September to Broad Walk in Kidbrooke, SE3 by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) to a road traffic collision involving multiple vehicles and a residential building.

‘Officers attended alongside the LAS and London Fire Brigade.

‘Officers are aware that a number of people were injured.

‘A man, aged 29 years old, was sadly declared dead at the scene. Work is ongoing to trace his next of kin. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

‘An 11-year-old boy was taken to hospital; his condition has been assessed as life-threatening.

‘Two men have been taken to hospital, and their injuries assessed as neither life-changing nor life-threatening.’



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