'Massive bang' as car smashes into Langport pub

A popular pub "shook" after a vehicle crashed into a pillar outside its entrance. Customers inside the Langport Arms heard an almighty bang when a Peugeot crashed into the pub on Saturday evening (June 1).

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.

Debris has been scattered and spread around the pavement and road. Bow Street has been cordoned off by emergency services as firefighters assess the structural damage to the pub and make the scene safe.

A worker at the Langport Arms, called Tom, confirmed the pub is closed for the time being, with customers being ordered to leave on safety grounds. He however believes the balcony is not part of the structural building but is awaiting an update from firefighters.

Recalling the crash, Tom said: “It was a massive bang and the building shook. Everyone is ok. Obviously we shut the pub and it is just staff in the pub. The fire brigade is here and we are not sure what’s going on. The frontage of the balcony is not safe.”

Many residents recalled the aftermath of the collision and believed it was a “miracle” no one was injured.

One passerby said: “I am not sure who the driver is but no one appeared injured and all were out the car safely. Witnesses from the car behind and customers inside the Langport Arms came out to help.”

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police 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."

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