A MAN has been arrested and bailed after a truck crashed into a house in Selsey.
The home in East Street, Selsey, had been empty for two years while the owners were renovating it – and it was close to completion.
Owner Neil Armstrong said: “It was an accident, it is one of those things, what can you do.”
But it will be a major setback, as the front of the house needs urgent repair.
At around 10am on Saturday (February 5), the truck hit a car on East Street, and crashed through the wall in the front garden, into the house, leaving a gaping hole.
Neighbour Ernest Meyer said he heard ‘a big bang’ and went outside to see what had happened.
He said the driver had fled the scene, but there was a male passenger in the truck, and there was a woman in another car which the truck had hit.
He said the passenger in the truck was injured, and an ambulance was called.
“There were ladies tending to him, he had a cut on his face,” said Mr Meyers.
“There were three police cars, an ambulance and a fire crew.”
“Everybody was running around like headless chickens.”
He said it was lucky the house was unoccupied at the time of the accident.
“It’s been empty for two years,” he said.
“They were doing it up, they had nearly finished.
“I just can’t get my head around how it happened.”
Chichester Police said a man was arrested on Monday night in connection with the incident.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “A Mercedes Sprinter truck collided with a Jaguar, mounted the pavement, through the front wall and then collided with a house in East Street. The driver of the car left the scene and the passenger, a 26-year-old man from Selsey, was treated for minor injuries.
“The driver of the vehicle, a 27-year-old man from Selsey, was arrested on Monday for dangerous driving, no insurance, failing to stop and report a collision. He has been bailed until March 6 while investigations continue.”