Kidbrooke lorry crash: Driver killed and 11-year-old child fighting for life after vehicle ploughs into house in south-east London

A driver has been killed and a child is fighting for their life after a lorry crashed into two cars and a house in south-east London.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Kidbrooke just after 8am on Monday, where a “number” of people had been injured following the collision.

The London Fire Brigade said that a lorry and two cars were involved in the crash before the lorry ploughed into a house.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while the child, 11, was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition.

Two other males injured in the crash were also taken to hospital, with one of them later discharged.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We dispatched a number of resources including four ambulance crews, medics in cars, an advanced paramedic and our hazardous area response teams. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.

“Working closely with other emergency services at the scene, we assessed six patients.

“Unfortunately, one patient was found to have died at the scene. Of the remaining five patients, we took three to hospital and two were discharged at the scene.”

A local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the scene was “utterly tragic” after the lorry crashed just 30 metres from his home.

“About 8am when I was preparing school run for my kids, all (of a) sudden police, ambulance siren, helicopter sound went on,” he said.

“Local traffic was controlled by police, then I heard people are talking about a lorry crashed into local house… then someone was sent off (in an) air ambulance.

“Bit emotional myself right now after hearing an 11-year-old kid is in serious condition.

“It’s utterly tragic – my thoughts are with their loved ones.”

Meanwhile another neighbour, living just a couple of doors down from the crash scene said, she awoke to what sounded like “an earthquake”.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “I was asleep at the time because my baby kept me awake in the middle of the night, until about 4.30am.

“So I woke up and just heard a loud bang – it sounded like an earthquake.”

A tradesman working along Woolacombe Road at the time of the crash, around 100 metres from the scene, said the first he knew of an incident was when the air ambulance landed.

“I had no idea what happened before that,” he said.

“I just heard then saw this air ambulance so I knew something was up.”

London Fire Brigade said the crash led to structural damage to a house in Woolacombe Road.

Firefighter Nathan Hobson, who was at the scene, said: “It was a challenging incident and it appears that a lorry collided with two cars and crashed into a house.

“Specialist urban search and rescue crews attended the scene and efforts were made to free the lorry driver but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.”