Runaway truck causes crash into Hamar Township home
HARMAR TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
A delivery truck caused a crash into a Harmer Township mobile home Friday morning.
Officials said a Home City Ice truck driver started the vehicle so it could warm up on Gulf Lab Road. While it was running, the unmanned truck moved down a hill.
Investigators said the driver and two other people chased the truck but weren't able to catch it.
The man who lives in the damaged home said the delivery truck hit a car outside of the home, which caused his truck to ram into the house.
"It felt like an earthquake," said Lee Hollinger. "I was sitting on my couch watching the news, and the next thing I knew I was thrown across the room."
Hollinger said his roommate, Maria Rizzo, was sleeping at the time of the accident but wasn't hurt.
"It was like something out of a movie. You wouldn't believe to see that kind of damage and impact. I actually thought someone was driving it," Rizzo said. "It came through the grass and took out all the fence posts. It pushed into the back of my car and pushed my car straight through there. The back of my car is just crushed."
Because of structural damage, Hollinger and Rizzo are not permitted to live in the home.
"Thank God everyone's alive, that is all that matters," Hollinger said.
The Harmar police chief told Channel 11 News there likely won't be any charges, because it seems the brakes somehow failed. Insurance companies are handling the damages.