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Truck smashes through Sue Ryder shop in Lymington Road, Highcliffe




A PICK-UP truck crashed into the front of Highcliffe charity shop after a road collision this afternoon (Monday).

The incident involved a red Hyundai Kona and a Ford Ranger 4x4, which resulted in the latter smashing into the Sue Ryder charity shop in Lymington Road.

Firefighters at the scene
Firefighters at the scene

One person suffered injuries described by Dorset Police as “not believed to be life-threatening”, but a spokesperson for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said no one was trapped.

The incident took place around 4.20pm after the vehicle was believed to have been involved in a smash with a stationary car which also ended up on the pavement.

Adrian Thorne, a partner at Pettengells Estate Agents, which is directly opposite Sue Ryder, saw the truck smash into the shop after hearing it strike the car seconds earlier.

“I heard a big bang and the slight sound of screeching brakes,” Mr Thorne told the A&T.

“I stood up and saw the truck mount the kerb and go straight through the shop window.

“I immediately called the ambulance and police. I’m told that nobody was trapped underneath and I’m hoping that was the case.

“The street was fairly busy when it happened, with a few people mingling around, but there was certainly no one right in front of the shop.”

Police blocked off the road while teams including four fire crews from Christchurch and New Milton worked at the scene, with one person treated by paramedics.

The DWFRS spokesperson said: “Thankfully, nobody was trapped so we made the scene safe.

“One casualty is being cared for by the ambulance service.”

A police spokesperson said: “Officers have attended and one person is being treated at the scene for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

“Road closures have been put in place as the emergency services respond to the incident and officers carry out enquiries.”



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