Away day blues as lorry crashes into Sunderland fans' cars in Doncaster

Sunderland fans woke up to see their cars damaged after witnessing the Black Cats comfortably beat Doncaster.

Thursday, 30th December 2021, 11:38 am

Sunderland fan Ron Monaghan, from Washington, got quite the surprise when he woke up at Doncaster’s Lakeside Premier Inn on Tuesday, December 27 – a day after watching the Black Cats secure a three-nil win.

A lorry had lost control and smashed through the car park of the adjoining Beefeater restaurant and hotel, causing damage to around 17 cars in the process.

Ron, who was at the Doncaster match with his dad Ron and son Matthew, has spoke about the “carnage” he saw when he woke up.

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The scene at the Lakeside Premier Inn car park in Doncaster after a lorry lost control.

The 55-year-old retired firefighter said: “It all started as a normal away day, we parked in the Premier Inn car park, went to the match, came back and checked in before getting some food and watching the Newcastle match on Sky and then went to bed.

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"I think we woke up around 8.30am when Matthew and my dad noticed that something was going on in the car park, with Matthew commenting that my car had been bumped.

"I quickly went outside and it was just carnage, about 17 cars were damaged and most of them were written off, I’ve never seen so many breakdown trucks in one place.

Ron's car has been written off as a result of the incident.

"I’m pleased we were in bed when it happened, if the cars hadn’t been in the car park, the lorry would have easily hit the building.”

A South Yorkshire Police commented: “Police were called at 6.57am on Tuesday 28 December to reports that a lorry had collided with several cars parked in a car park in Lakeside, Doncaster.

“No serious injuries were reported.”

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From left: Ron Monaghan, Matthew Monaghan and Ron Monaghan Sr. in front of their damaged car.

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