Your location is set to Dartford
Published: 15:00, 04 April 2014 |
Updated: 17:28, 04 April 2014
A man's house was plunged into darkness this afternoon after bales of hay fell from a lorry and crashed into his home.
Mark Oliver, of Forge House, was sitting in his living room watching the Grand Prix when he heard a crash.
A lorry driving along Ashford Road, in Bethersden, had lost its load near Forge Corner at around 2.15pm.
Around 20 bales smashed into his house, knocking his front wall down.
Mr Oliver, 52, said: "I jumped out my skin. So did the dog.
"It was like the lights had gone out. The windows were completely covered.
"It really shook me up. The plaster has come off the walls and I can't get out the front door - the hay has covered the front of the house."
Mr Oliver said officers, who are helping to clear the road, are arranging for a structural engineer to come out to check the house is safe.
Witness Brenda Brower was driving home after visiting her son when the incident occurred.
She said: "I was two cars behind the lorry. I just couldn't believe it. I was quite shaken.
"The load came off the lorry and hit the house.
"The bales are just lying up against the windows. I knew the man inside would be shaken so I went in to see him."
The load also knocked down a telegraph pole and BT are understood to be on their way to the area.
A police spokesman said: "Traffic is being diverted around the village.
"A wall was damaged and a BT/Telcoms pole was knocked down. Police are still at the scene."
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.