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British Royal Mail truck dislodged from Gosport, England, home

March 20, 2014 at 4:26 PM

GOSPORT, England, March 20 (UPI) -- British firefighters, structural engineers and construction workers were able to remove a Royal Mail truck from where it became embedded inside a home.

Anne Wiles, 66, and Len Wiles, 61, of Gosport, England, said they were asleep at 5:45 a.m. Thursday when the Royal Mail truck crashed into their house and ended up lodged 4 feet into the structure, the (Portsmouth) News reported.

"I was lucky because I had been planning to go downstairs 10 minutes earlier," Len Wiles said. "We opened the door and there were no stairs -- instead we could see a lorry."

"The fire brigade rescued us and were brilliant. All the emergency services were absolutely brilliant, and our neighbors," he said.

Firefighters, public construction workers and structural engineers erected supports inside the home and the vehicle was removed about 11:20 a.m.

Officials said three families had to be evacuated from their homes nearby as a result of the crash.

The cause of the accident and the condition of the truck's driver were unclear.

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