These Supras didn’t even have a chance to hit the road.

Several new Toyota Supras in Hungary received extensive damage while still sitting on the car transporter taking them to showrooms. The cause of the incident remains a mystery, but photos provide a great look at the destruction.

The lorry driver may have caused the crash by backing into something. Alternatively, something tall, like another semi-truck, may have hit the car hauler. Regardless of the cause, the damage mostly occurred on the lower level of the transporter. The dark grey Supra down below received a hard hit to the rear corner that was enough to crumple the unibody structure, destroy the taillight, and shatter the back glass.

The situation isn’t quite as bad for the white Supra on the transporter’s upper level. The damage for it is mostly on the lower section of the rear body/bumper where sections of the bodywork are now gone. There’s also damage to the exhaust, including bending the tip of one of the pipes by roughly 90 degrees. One taillight is gone, and there are scrapes on the boot lid.

There was also damage to the red Supra on the lower level, according to Tire Meets Road. The photos don’t provide a good look at things, but the grey car is likely responsible for at least some scrapes and scratches to the crimson machine’s front bumper.

In the United Kingdom, deliveries of the 2020 Supra Launch Edition will start from late this summer.

Richard Ray thinks there could be more accidents if plans for a new business park are approved

A lorry crashed right outside a house in Devon that was previously smashed into by another HGV.

Last year, a retired couple were woken by an ‘explosion’ as a lorry smashed into the front of their house.

The 28 tonne concrete pump truck lost control on Liverton Road in Coldeast before tipping over and hitting the porch of 18th century Benedict Cottage.

The boom of the lorry hit the porch of the house and narrowly avoided damaging the main walls of the building.

The damage sustained to Benedict Cottage (Image: Andy Styles)

It caused a sea of wreckage, and the same couple were once again targeted by another lorry crash.

Although the damage was not as severe, owner Richard Ray is concerned that this will only become a regular occurrence if plans for a new business park in the area are approved.

The damage to Benedict Cottage (Image: Andy Styles)

He told Devon Live: “A lorry mounted the curb overnight, taking a large chunk out of it.

“It makes you feel like the house is a target.”

“Luckily this time it hasn’t affected the house.

“Another few feet closer it would have hit us.”

The last crash happened in September 2018, when the lorry driver had to be taken to hospital, and the crash closed the road for several hours.

The damage to the curb after another lorry crashed on Monday night (Image: Richard Ray)

Richard is concerned that more lorries will pass through the small village if the business park gets the go ahead.

He said: “They are planning to build a new industrial site almost opposite me, which means they are trying to put HBV’s in a village.

“There is a school on the other side of the village, and a shop where the bus stops on the road.

“It will make it a lot busier.

“There is a lot of opposition to it. I think after what happened to my house, it triggered the dangers of what can happen here.”

Aftermath of the lorry crash last year

Plans have been submitted to Teignbridge District Council to redevelop the land next to Blackpool Primary School in Liverton, just across the A38 from Trago Mills.

Two separate applications have been submitted to planners this week – one for business units to be built on the existing timber yard next to the school playing fields, and a second for 18 affordable homes on the adjacent field.

Documents submitted with the planning application say that the site is ideally located for development without compromising the landscape character of the area as it is across the road from the existing Little Liverton Business Park.

They add: “The proposal provides much needed business space in a sustainable location which meets the District’s job shortage, and a variety of opportunities within a convenient distance from the village on foot or on bicycle.

“The proposal will not have a negative impact on the existing infrastructure and is well located to make use of public transport, and is ideally situated between the primary school and the village.

“The applications have already received considerable interest in the site from a number of businesses, all of which have highlighted the location along the A38 and proximity to Newton Abbot as a key attraction.

Teignbridge District Council planners will determine the fate of the two applications at a later date.

MAJOR road in Southend was closed during the morning rush hour after a fruit and veg lorry shed its load.

The incident, which happened shortly after 5.30am this morning, sparked a huge clean up operation in Priory Crescent, Southend.

A large amount of fruit and vegetables were left strewn across both sides of the carriageway near the Saxon King pub forcing police to close the road in both directions.

The road closure caused traffic chaos for commuters attempting to travel from one side of the borough to the other yesterday morning.

Charlotte Kirby, a commuter from Southend, said: “I was 40 minutes late for work because we got diverted round Priory Park.

“I had no idea why but wasn’t too impressed when I found out it was because of a load of fruit on the road.

“I thought someone must have been seriously hurt.

“Drivers should be careful to secure their load before they set off – this probably affected hundreds of people trying to get to work or on the school run this morning.”

Ryan Rees-Pritchett added: “I hope this is cleaned up and jet washed down thoroughly to avoid any local wildlife being attracted to it and inevitably being injured or killed by traffic which in turn attracts more wildlife investigating or picking at the dead or helping the injured.”

Beryl Happe, who lives in Hawkwell and was trying to get to Southend yesterday morning, said: “I got caught in it – the traffic was backed up right through Rochford, it really was snail’s pace.

“The van was a real mess from what I could see. It was smashed up as well as full of smashed fruit.”

It is not known if the driver has been reported for any offences.

In July 2016, Priory Crescent was closed for a similar incident after a lorry tipped over and spilled 25 tonnes of onions across the road.

It took more than seven hours to clear the carriageway of onions, recover the lorry and repair the damage to the carriageway.

Police are currently liaising with immigration officers after a lorry was today (July 9) stopped in Clay Lake in Spalding

Police and ambulance services, called to the scene at 11.19am, found five people in the back of the lorry who are believed to have entered the country illegally.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “We received a call at 11.19am today to the A16 at Clay Lake, Spalding.

The lorry was seen stopped in Clay Lake, on the road leading towards Stonegate
The lorry was seen stopped in Clay Lake, on the road leading towards Stonegate

“While speaking to a lorry driver who was asking for directions, the caller heard noise from the rear of the lorry.

“We attended and found five people in the vehicle – they are believed to have entered the country illegally.

Police and medical services were called to the scene
Police and medical services were called to the scene

“No one was injured.

“We are currently liaising with Immigration.”

The incident is recorded as 112 of July 9. Anyone with further information should call police on 101.

Road signs are being deployed in nine foreign languages to help lorry drivers from overseas.

Highways England is displaying the electronic messages on roads approaching an M6 junction near Carlisle where overnight closures are taking place.

An automatic number plate reader is identifying the origin of lorries so that an appropriate language is used, such as “M6 J44 Cerrado” which means “closed” in Spanish.

Other foreign languages being displayed are German, French, Polish, Romanian, Dutch, Lithuanian, Slovak and Hungarian.

The technology has been installed after foreign lorry drivers took wrong turns during roadworks near Penrith last year.

It is believed to be the first time electronic signs have been used in this way on UK roads.

Highways England senior project manager Steve Mason said: “We’re a listening and learning organisation and we’re determined to improve the way customers get roadworks information.

“We carried out major improvements along the A66 near Penrith last year and while the communications and diversion routes worked well, we had some feedback from Cumbria Police that foreign lorry drivers were missing some of the messaging.

“This not only inconvenienced the drivers but also local communities as we had lorries on inappropriate diversion routes.

“We’ve taken that learning on board and hopefully providing tailored messaging for foreign lorry drivers will improve everyone’s experience of these roadworks.”

Inspector Steve Minnikin of Cumbria Police said: “We provided a lot of support around the A66 closures last year and we’re delighted to see that Highways England has responded to our feedback by trialling this idea by being more aware of language differences and being considerate in meeting their needs.

“We all believe this will assist the lorry drivers from other countries in rescheduling their journeys and avoid driving into a road closure with all the inconvenience that it can cause themselves and others.”

A LORRY driver took this unplanned trip to the beach when he got his front wheels buried in the pebbles.

The driver took the vehicle off the cobbled promenade on Brighton seafront and onto the beach, but the front wheels sunk into the stones.

A witness said she spotted the lorry at about 10.30am.

She said: “It must have been trying to turn and gone on to the beach. The nose dipped into the pebbles and it got stuck. It was there for about 20 minutes before they managed to get it out.”

The lorry left behind a large imprint in the pebbles.

A passerby said: “I didn’t see what happened, I’ve just got down here but I did wonder why there was a large dent in the beach.

“You can see the lorry left atrail behind.”

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