Blackpool Council van ploughs into holiday properties

The council van crashed through a wall
The council van crashed through a wall
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A council van crashed through a wall at Blackpool holiday apartments early on Friday - coming to a stop just inches from a window.

The incident happened around 8am when a street cleaning van ploughed into a wall on Osborne Road in South Shore into the front yard of the Fairhaven Holiday Flats.

Steve Lumb, owner of the flats which took the brunt of the damage, said: "I was standing in the lounge when I heard a crunching sound and then I saw this lorry at the front.

"It's a terrible mess but thankfully non-one was hurt. The van has taken out the garden wall of three properties but thankfully it stopped before it hit the building."

Coun Derek Robertson, who runs a hotel on the same road, said: "The driver was a bit shaken up but the main thing is no-one was hurt."

The van, which is used to empty street bins, was later removed.

A Blackpool Council spokesperson said: “This morning a council street scene vehicle collided with a wall on Osborne Road.

"The vehicle will be assessed and there will be an internal investigation to determine what happened.

“Thankfully no-one was hurt but it must have been a shock for the driver and the owner of the property.”

"“We have already been down to tidy up the damaged wall and make sure it is safe. We will now make the necessary arrangements with the owner for its full repair.”