THIS is the scene of destruction after a stolen lorry smashed into a shop.
Terrified neighbours initially thought there had been an explosion after the crash at a Poolstock sunbed shop on Sunday morning.
One resident was evacuated, and surrounding roads closed for several hours while a building inspector assessed the damage.
The drama began when a yellow Leyland DAF truck with a crane on the rear crashed through Premier Sunbeds, on Poolstock Lane.
The vehicle, which had been stolen earlier from Wigan, was found a short time later abandoned on playing fields.
Luckily the sunbed shop was closed at the time and unoccupied, so no-one was injured.
Police say they have no evidence at this stage of anything being stolen, or the incident being a ram raid.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said : “We attended a shop premises in Poolstock Lane, Worsley Mesnes, having received reports of a vehicle crashing into a biulding.
“A substantial amount of damage was caused to the building, and because it was believed to have been made unsafe by the impact, it was necessary to close the road while investigations were carried out.
“On our arrival, the vehicle had left the scene but was later found abandoned nearby.
“A resident next door was evacuated for a short time until the building inspector declared the shop safe.
“There is nothing at this stage to suggest anything was stolen and we are now appealing for witnesses.”
Poolstock Lane opened again in mid-afternoon.