A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.SOPHIE BURGE September 3, 2014 4:00am
A Jerilderie couple escaped without injury after a B-Double truck crashed into their house yesterday morning about 4.15am.
The truck, which was being driven by a 52 year-old Melbourne man, was travelling north on Southey St (Newell Hwy) in Jerilderie when it overshot a T-intersection and smashed into the brick home.
The truck, which was carrying two empty rail containers, narrowly missed a power pole before ramming through the property’s back fence, clipping a large tree and smashing through a covered outdoor area as it ploughed into the brick garage.
Police said no one was seriously injured, however the driver had to be freed from his crumpled cabin by emergency services personnel. He was taken to Jerilderie hospital after sustaining some minor soft tissue damage to his right arm and cuts to his chin, according to police.
Jerilderie Fire and Rescue Deputy Captain John Crittenden said the home owners were shaken up after being woken by the frightful noise of the truck hitting the home.
He said luckily their bedroom was on the opposite side of the house.
The Deputy Captain also said the truck driver was lucky to escape serious injury after metal debris from the home and a branch from the tree that was dragged along by the truck pierced the cabin on either side of the driver’s head.
‘‘I can’t believe the driver was so lucky, however we had to use the Jaws of Life equipment to get him out.’’
Dep Capt Crittenden said his team had to take extreme caution at the scene.
‘‘Firstly we had to look for any danger as the power in the house and truck was still connected.
‘‘We had to isolate the house as there were an abundance of electric items down in the house, and in the dark it was even more difficult.
‘‘The house will have to be propped up before they remove the truck otherwise it may just collapse .
‘‘The couple’s two cars in the garage were also damaged.’’
Tocumwal Police said the truck driver was allegedly reaching for a bottle of drink that had dropped at his feet moments before the crash.
Police say the driver will be issued an infringement notice for negligent driving.
Witnesses said the truck driver was very remorseful and returned shortly after his visit to hospital to apologise to the home owners and to check to see they were okay.
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