CHAOS was caused on a major route in to Uttoxeter yesterday morning after a lorry left the icy road and ploughed into a house.
The incident happened in Derby Road at the Dovefields Industrial Estate roundabout at around 10.10am after tempertaures plummeted overnight.
Considerable damage was caused to both the lorry and the house which thankfully is currently unoccupied.
The driver of the lorry, thought to be in his fifties, was treated at the scene by for head injuries paramedics and crews from the Midland Air Ambulance which had landed in a field nearby.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: &8220;We were called to reports of a lorry that had been in collision with a house in Derby Road, Uttoxeter at 10.10am.
&8220;The lorry driver, a man in his fifties, was treated for a head injury at the scene.
&8220;The air ambulance landed in a field nearby and helped treat the victim but was not required to take him to hospital.
&8220;He was taken by land ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.&8221;
Fire crews from across the area were also dispatched to the scene and the road closed throughout the morning for recovery work to take place causing long tailbacks on to the A50.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: &8220;Fire crews from Uttoxeter, Abbots Bromley and a rescue tender from Longton attended the incident in Derby Road.
&8220;A lorry had left the roadway and gone into a house. No one trapped in the lorry but crews cordoned off the scene while they isolated the gas supply and made the vehicle safe. No one was in the house.&8221;
Motorist Kevin Bussey was passing by the incident moments after the smash and described the scene.
He told the Advertiser: &8220;I was about two cars behind where it happened and saw the commotion up ahead and it looked like something bad had happened.
&8220;There was a lorry behind the lorry which had gone into the house and it looked like everything had only just happened.
&8220;As I got closer I saw that a rather large lorry had gone into the front of the house. A gentleman was sat by the lorry looking rather battered about but it did not look as if anyone else was injured.
&8220;It looked to me like it had hit a bit of black ice and slid off the road and into the house.
&8220;There was a lot of damage and a hole the size of the front of the lorry in the house.&8221;
Another eyewtiness, who wished not to be named, spoke of the chaos on the roads that followed the smash.
He said: &8220;The road was completely blocked and that had a knock-on effect on to the A50 and the big roundabout. I was stuck in the queues for a long time but when I heard how serious it was that didn&8217;t seem to matter at all.&8221;