Historic Somerset pub suffers 'structural damage' after car smashed into pillar

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An historic Somerset pub has suffered ’structural damage’ after a car crashed into a pillar outside its entrance last night (Saturday). Customers inside the Langport Arms said they heard an almighty bang when a Peugeot crashed into the pub.

Punters and passersby quickly ran to the driver’s aid, who is understood to be unharmed despite the serious crash. A section of the pub’s distinct and historic entrance has fallen and crushed the roof and windscreen.

Posting on Facebook this morning (Sunday), a statement from the Langport Arms Hotel confirmed that no one had been seriously injured in the incident. It also said that the building had suffered ‘structural damage’ in the incident, but would be opening today for its Sunday Carvery.

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The statement said: “Statement on behalf of the Langport Arms Hotel in relation to the situation which occurred Saturday 1st June 2024. At around 8pm there was an incident involving a collision into our pillared porch and balcony in front of the hotel main entrance.

“A car was involved and thankfully no one has been seriously injured. However the front entrance to our hotel is blocked and the balcony has been structurally damaged.

“Emergency services were called immediately and first aid was offered onsite immediately. We are thankful and very much grateful to our employees who acted so promptly during this shocking and trying time.

“We hope you understand that we will be unable to provide updates upon the incident as we continue to cooperate with the relevant authorities.However we want to make it clear that the hotel bar is open and the Sunday Carvery is still open. The side door will be our main entrance for the time being.

“Due to the current situation, we are unable to offer direct disabled access, however we will endeavour to support as much as we can. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.”

A statement from Avon and Somerset Police on Saturday night said: “We were called to a Cheapside, in Langport, shortly after 8.10pm this evening after a car collided with a building. Emergency services are at the scene and the road is currently closed.”

A spokesperson for Devon & Somerset Fire Service added: "I can confirm that crews from Somerton and Taunton were called to the Langport Arms Hotel, in Langport at 8.22pm after a single vehicle struck the property and brought down a stone support for the front porch.

"The driver is free of the vehicle and receiving medical attention from the ambulance service. Crews are working at the scene with acro props to support the porch roof. An internal inspection of the property has revealed there are no deformities to the external wall."