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Couple are lucky to be alive after massive timber lorry smashes into their stone cottage

A couple are lucky to be alive after a giant timber lorry smashed into the corner of their stone cottage and sent huge logs smashing into it.

Bryony Francis, 51, was luckily in the kitchen when the forestry truck hit her home on a country road.

Homeworker Bryony and her husband John Clark, 53, feel lucky to be alive in the accident in the tiny village of Llangua, Monmouthshire

The lorry crashed through the front corner of her home, shedding its load of tree trunks and virtually destroying the 120-year-old stone cottage

Bryony said: 'I had just gone to make lunch when there was a massive bang, the doors slammed and the coats were knocked off their hooks,' she said.

'There was a rush of air and dust which hit my face and then everything went silent. I had no idea what had happened.'

But she walked upstairs to the front of house to see a gaping hole through to the road, the wall demolished and her living room and bedroom open to the outside world.

'I tried to open the door from the kitchen into the front room but it wouldn't open so I knew the ceiling had come down. I went up the stairs, opened the door and could see the front and side walls had gone.

'It looked like a bombsite and there were tree trunks, about 30 to 40, everywhere.'

Homeworker Bryony and her husband John Clark, 53, feel lucky to be alive in the accident in the tiny village of Llangua, Monmouthshire.

She said: 'It is still very unreal and a total shock. But we are very lucky, if my husband had been at home he probably would have been sitting in the front room and we could have been looking for a body today.

'This is a real accident black spot. The speed limit is 60mph but it is at a part of the road where is goes from being wide to very narrow in a very short space.

Gwent Police said the crash had caused 'substantial damage' and neighbours had to be evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

Structural engineers are carrying out an assessment of the building, in the village, near Abergavenny

One man was taken to hospital with head and leg injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening following the crash.

Structural engineers are carrying out an assessment of the building, in the village, near Abergavenny.

'We have no idea what is going to happen now. There is a structural engineer coming out to assess the damage and we are not allowed back in the house. Thankfully, we have got a great network of friends here and we have got somewhere to stay.'

Their house on the main A465 Heads of the Valleys road - and it will be closed between Pontrilas and the Hardwick Roundabout at Abergavenny until next week.

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