Tanker crash sparks call for routes probe

Tanker crashed into house on Ellen Road in Aylesbury
Tanker crashed into house on Ellen Road in Aylesbury
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Politicians have called for a probe into the routes large lorries take through Aylesbury after a milk truck crashed into a family home.

Neighbours said it was a miracle no one was badly injured after the Wincanton tanker veered off the road and smashed through the wall of a Witham Way house, which was empty at the time.

Police said the driver had suffered a ‘medical episode’.

Councillors representing the area say there are fears about large vehicles cutting through the residential area and called for an investigation. Bucks County Council said it has no plans to review haulage routes in Aylesbury.

Aylesbury South West county councillor Brian Adams said: “There’s got to be restrictions. You can’t stop local deliveries but it’s not acceptable for big tankers to use it as a rat run. We have got to have a look at this and see what can be done. It effects the whole of Aylesbury. They’re trying to use any way they can to get around the congestion.”

Steven Kennell, who represents Walton Court and Hawkslade at the district council, shared Mr Adams’ concerns. He said: “I would be interested in it being reviewed as to whether there are better alternative routes and anything that could be done to minimise large commercial vehicles going through residential areas.”

David Rhodes, who lives in the end-of-terrace home with his two children, aged 11 and 15, was dropping his girlfriend at work when he was called about the incident, which happened at about 9.25am last Wednesday (December 18).

The tanker mounted the pavement, narrowly missing a lampost and crashing into the side of the property, destroying an outer wall and leaving a large hole in the side of the house.

Mr Rhodes and his family were re-homed by the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust, which owns the house, earlier this week.

The trust said it was not aware of traffic issues in the area and was treating this as ‘a very unfortunate accident’.