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Woman killed and two men injured after goods lorry ploughs into home sparking major rescue operation55-year-old woman who lived in ground floor flat has died60-year-old man and 54-year-old driver taken to hospital
Incident happened in Fairlie, North Ayrshire, at 1.45pm todayResources drafted in from across the west of Scotland
17:24 GMT, 14 February 2013
19:03 GMT, 14 February 2013
A 55-year-old woman has died after a large goods vehicle ploughed into a house, Strathclyde Police have said.
Police were called to Main Road in Fairlie, North Ayrshire, shortly before 2pm following reports of a lorry crashing into a house.
A 55-year-old woman who lived in one of the ground floor flats, in the two-up, two-down property, died at the scene.
Fatal: A 55-year-old woman has died after a lorry crashed into a house in Fairlie, North Ayrshire, this afternoon
Injuries: A 60-year-old man, who also lived in the flat, and the 54-year-old driver were also injured in the incident
A 60-year-old man, who also lived in the flat, and the 54-year-old driver of the truck sustained minor injuries.
Both have been taken to Inverclyde Royal Hospital.
One other man who was in the building at the time managed to get out unhurt.
A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: 'The ground floor of the building has been seriously damaged and has been deemed structurally unsound.'
A statement from the fire service said:
'Large numbers of fire, police and ambulance personnel are in
attendance, with specially trained personnel from all three services
working closely together.
'Resources have been drafted from across the west of Scotland, including Strathclyde Fire & Rescue firefighters from its Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR).'
Operation: A major search and rescue operation was launched following the crash
Two Major Incident Support Units (MSU) from Clydebank and Kilmarnock, and the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Special Operations Response Team (SORT) are at the scene.
Photographer Arlene Foster, who swiftly made her way to the scene from her local shop, told BBC Scotland: 'The lorry is literally in someone's front room and I believe a woman is still trapped in the building.
'I believe the husband has been freed and the driver was also removed safely.'
Scene: The two injured men were taken to hospital with minor injuries, police have said
Debris from the smashed house litters the road (left), while two passers-by survey the scene (right)
Cranage: Emergency services assess the damage as the area is cordoned off
The crash took place just after 2pm. The house has now been deemed structurally unsound
Two people, including the driver, sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital