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17 August 2011, 06:24
Six people have managed to escape with only minor injuries after a lorry crashed into a pub while staff and customers were inside.
The lorry driver ended up trapped in his cab inside The Chequers in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, following the crash just before 5.30pm on Tuesday 16 August 2011.
The emergency services said it was "amazing" that nobody was seriously injured as there were customers along with the staff and their family in the pub at the time.
The 16 tonne lorry struck several cars before crashing into wall of the single storey extension of the pub at East Street.
Fire and ambulance crews were able to speak to the driver while he was being cut free. He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance as a precautionary measure.
Three people were described as walking wounded and two others had neck and back pains. Those five were taken to the Luton and Dunstable hospital by land ambulance.
A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Service said: "Given the potential of the situation we are thankful that the consequences were not more serious."
Engineers dealt with a gas escape. The main body of the pub was undamaged, but structural engineers will examine the site.