A LORRY that crashed into a thatched cottage in Breamore has finally been removed nearly a week on from the incident.

The crash in Salisbury Road happened at about 6.45 on the morning of December 7 (last Friday).

Today, part of the A338 had to be closed to allow the Brakes lorry to be finally removed.

Speaking after the crash last week homeowner Paul Hammond said: "My wife was upstairs asleep and I was downstairs on the computer tapping away doing routine stuff. I heard this odd grinding sound."

He says it felt like an "earthquake" and there was "rubble flying into the hallway".

“The house started shaking and that was as the lorry was grinding its way along the side of the wall. When it got to the door the bricks just all burst in. It was quite dramatic," he added.

"I popped my head out and a lorry was there," said Mr Hammond. "It was a bit of a surprise."

Mr Hammond's wife Gaynor was trapped upstairs after the crash and had to be rescued by firefighters who were able to get her out of the house through a window.

The cottage was significantly damaged during the incident.

South Central Ambulance Service were called to the scene at 6.51am. And a Hazardous Area Response Team attended along with an ambulance officer and ambulance crew.

Two patients were assessed at the scene.

The driver of the lorry was taken to Salisbury District Hospital.

A spokesman for Brakes UK said: “We are conducting an investigation into an accident that took place last week in Breamore where one of our lorries has unfortunately left the road and crashed into a house.”