A MOTHER and toddler felt their cottage ‘judder’ when a 40ft lorry smashed into it yesterday.
It’s not the first time Annette and Chris Blythe’s home has fallen foul of lorries getting stuck on Ballroyd Lane in Longwood.
In fact it’s the third time a jam has occurred after lorries attempt an impossible right turn on to Church Street from St Mark’s Road, and end up stuck on Ballroyd Lane.
Chris, 42, rushed home from work at 2.40pm to check his wife and two-year-old daughter were okay after the gas expeller was knocked off his house and a gas pipe crushed.
But there was nothing he could do until the lorry, which was inches away from his house, was towed away.
The self-employed ceramic tiler said: “My wife was in the house with the baby and she said it just juddered as the vehicle hit it.”
“The lorry is still stuck there now and we’re waiting for some tow trucks to pull him out.
“The police have blocked off Church Street so it’s causing a traffic jam there.”
Chris and local residents have already put together a petition to make nearby St Mark’s Road a one-way street.
He believes lorries coming down the road next to St Mark’s Church are also potentially dangerous.
The father lives with two-year-old daughter Milly and teenagers Danny and Charlotte and said the incident could have proved even worse.
He said: “If a car had been coming down the road or kids were in the area there could have been a serious injury.
“In the past we’ve just had to deal with the damage to the house and replace roof tiles, bricks and guttering.
“The council need to do something about this because it has been going on for years and something worse could happen next time.”
Previously a lorry became stuck after a foreign driver followed his sat- nav down the narrow road.
Before that, a vehicle got stuck but managed to manoeuvre out of the space – before running into trouble again later in Golcar.
Golcar councillor Christine Iredale said local representatives were working with the council on a solution to the problem.
She said: “We’re trying to get signs put up there warning that it’s too narrow for HGVs and with a picture showing that too.
“It’s a silly spot and I totally blame sat-nav because the drivers don’t know it’s a narrow road – they often think it’s a short-cut.”
North Yorkshire company Prestons of Potto own the lorry.
Managing Director, David Preston said: “I know from personal experience that some of the roads around Huddersfield aren’t the best for access and it’s a well-known fact.
“I’m not yet certain why the driver made the wrong turning.”