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Woman dies as lorry crashes into Barnsley house

Sky News logo Sky News 14/09/2018
A bedroom in the house has been fully exposed by the collision © PA A bedroom in the house has been fully exposed by the collision

A woman has died after a lorry that had been "involved in a crime" crashed into the side of a house.

Police said four men were arrested after the white truck crashed into a property in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

The woman who died was a pedestrian on Park View in Brierley.

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South Yorkshire Police said the vehicle had been involved in a crime.

The collision has torn off a corner of a house on the street in Barnsley © PA The collision has torn off a corner of a house on the street in Barnsley

However, officers have not confirmed reports from residents that the truck had been followed by police before the incident.

A police spokeswoman said officers were called to the scene of the collision at about 1.40pm on Friday.

A large area remained cordoned off around the newly built house, which has suffered severe damage at the back, with beds and other household items hanging precariously.

People living close to the scene said they heard by a loud bang, before men were seen leaving the cab of the tractor unit and running away.

They said the lorry crashed into parked cars as it drove along Common Road before swerving into the semi-detached house at the corner of Park View.

Residents said the woman who died was also on Common Road as the truck entered the village, which is about six miles from the town of Barnsley.

The white truck had been involved in a crime before the crash, according to police © PA The white truck had been involved in a crime before the crash, according to police

They said no-one was inside the semi-detached home which had only been built in the last six months.

Some of the people who lived in the property returned shortly after the crash.

One man, who did not want to be named, said: "It's come and hit two cars and then just crashed right into the house.

"It hit the woman near the cars and it's just terrible.

"The police were following it and it was obviously going too fast."

Another man said: "I was standing outside that house earlier.

"I just can't believe it."

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