Tractor runs into house and garden

David Clarke and the damage left by a tractor which crashed into his garden and car. 'Photo:  SG090913-150TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
David Clarke and the damage left by a tractor which crashed into his garden and car. 'Photo: SG090913-150TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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A full-time carer from West Pinchbeck “ran like hell” when a tractor crashed into his house and garden.

David Clarke (42) was looking after his elderly parents at their home in Glenside South when the tractor crashed into the landscaped garden, damaged brickwork outside the house and collided with two cars.

Police believe the tractor driver, a 67-year-old man from Gosberton, may have been taken ill at the wheel which caused him to leave the road and crash into the house at about 11.45am last Thursday.

He was taken to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, but wasn’t seriously injured.

Mr Clarke said: “My mum (77) was cooking in the kitchen, my dad (79) was eating his dinner and I was on my computer in one of the rooms when I heard a tractor coming towards the house.

“There was a loud, almighty bang when it ran into the fishpond in our garden and then I saw the tractor heading towards the house through a window. “I ran like hell because I thought it was going to knock one end of the house down, but it destroyed part of the garden and fishpond, damaged paving slabs and a brick wall, wrote off my car and damaged my neighbour’s car.

“We were all in shock and I was a bit annoyed because I’d only bought my car three months ago and the garden was my mum’s life.”

Mr Clarke is hoping the crash will persuade county highways officials to lower the speed limit on Glenside South.

A spokesman said: “We haven’t received any complaints about people speeding on Glenside South but we are curently carrying out a review of the speed limit there.”