THIS is the moment a lorry carrying thousands of chickens crashed into a house in Holt Fleet.

Thousands of chickens were killed when an articulated lorry toppled into a fence and wall of a home on A4133 Holt Fleet on Thursday, after coming off the nearby bridge over the River Severn.

James Simpson-Stern, who lives with his family at the house in question, said they want large vehicles banned from crossing the bridge.

“It’s dangerous,” he said. “It’s narrow, even when you’re walking over it, you’re very close to vehicles.”

In May, 13-year-old Ryan Robins was apparently clipped by a car’s wing mirror as he walked towards Holt Fleet Bridge on the same stretch of road, leaving him with a hairline fracture to his skull.

He was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.

Mr Simpson-Stern said: “In terms of accidents I can think of, there’s not necessarily that many but it’s a major concern.”

“There was the kid in May. He would’ve been hit right near to where this lorry came over.

“They’ve done some strengthening work but vehicles are getting heavier and it’s an old bridge.

“They’ve been talking about this northern relief road for ages. At the moment, this is the only road to Ledbury.”

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Mr Simpson-Stern said that in 2016 his family knocked down their previous home and built a new one on the same land.

“Our old house used to shake whenever lorries went past,” he said.

The 23-year-old and his family were woken to the sound of chickens screaming and was told 5,000 were onboard the lorry in crates.

The A4133 Holt Fleet Road was closed both ways between the Ombersley roundabout and The Old Vicarage by the bridge over the River Severn due to the incident, causing delays on the roads between Wyre Forest and Worcester.