Road closed and car damaged after 50 tonnes of earth falls in Bideford landslide
A car has been damaged in Bideford after 50 tonnes of earth fell on it in a land slide last night.
Devon Highways were called to the scene above Springfield Terrace, near the former Bideford railway station in East-the-Water, at 5.30pm.
A large section of the embankment, including the top garden wall, trees and half a metre of garden had fallen into Chudleigh Rd.
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The Highways team began a clean up operation which lasted until midnight.
Chudleigh Road remains closed and one vehicle, which was parked below the bank that collapsed, has been damaged.
The owner of the Ford Focus, who wished to remain anonymous, said they were unsure of the cost of the damage.
They said: "It has not been written off but whoever is responsible for letting this happen will pay."
They also confirmed they had lived in Springfield Terrace for 34 years and had never known a similar accident happen.
Peter Yeo, who lives in Springfield Terrace, said he wasn't at home at the time.
He said: "I was down in South Devon but was told it had happened and would have to park elsewhere when I got back last night.
"It hasn't affected me in any other way except the inconvenience of having to park on the quay over night, I have been told it was 50 tonnes in total that fell."
The highways team has confirmed they are not currently working on the site while there are still strong winds because of safety concerns. They will return to the site when the weather is better. They have warned the public not to access the area until it had been stabilised.
Devon County Council said the road is likely to be closed until early next week.