Devastated dad 'numb' after family left homeless due to East Kilbride lorry house crash

By Nicola Findlay & Craig Williams

A distraught and devastated dad has spoken of his shock after his family where left homeless as a result of a lorry crashing into his neighbour's home in East Kilbride.

Two properties had to be demolished after the late-night incident last week on Lancaster Crescent in the Nerston area.

The house, where reports say was occupied by a mum and her two young children at the time of the incident, was damaged beyond all recognition after an articulated lorry crashed into it.

Clyde Valley Housing Association had specialist contractors on site to safely take down the property and later confirmed that the adjoining house in the row of five terraces would also have to be demolished, Lanarkshire Live reports.

Now the tenant of that property, who has asked not to be named, has told of how he and his children have been affected.

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He told the site: "I have been in a state of shock since it happened, I am stunned and I am numb. The fact that we are now homeless is the worst part.

"We are devastated, we have lost our home and most of our stuff. I was meant to start a new job, which I now can't do. The more I think about it the worse I feel."

Meanwhile a woman who lives in one of the other houses in the terrace added: "If my home gets knocked down I'll be so upset. I will lose four years of my memories. My old dog's last days were in that house and I have four other pets buried in the garden.

"I'm fortunate that I was able to move in with my son and it's just me and the dogs. But others have kids and will be finding it so hard. I don't know what they will do if all the houses have to come down."

A fundraiser has been set up for the mum whose home was hit by the HGV after a local man called on the community to rally round her in support.

Bryan Dunion said he was so moved by the plight of the mum and her two children that he decided to set up a gofundme page.

A 33-year-old man appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court yesterday in connection with the incident.


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