An out-of-control tractor-trailer that was hauling metal studs crashed into three homes on Martin County, police said. The incident happened in the Stuart neighborhood.
Police said, the 54-year-old driver was traveling northbound on South Avenue near Port City when he got distracted, lost control of his vehicle and jumped the curb. The trucker, whose identity was not released, crashed into a parked car before careening into the three South Avenue homes, police said.
Emergency responders transported the driver to Palm City Medical Center with complaints of pain, officials said. One other person, an occupant of one of the houses, was injured.
Photos of the scene showed the truck with a load of lightweight metal studs lopsided and in the front yard of a home.
“I heard a loud crash. At first, I thought a plane crashed,” said a woman whose home was hit by the truck. “I couldn’t even see the truck in the house at first, just the car that was damaged.”
She recalled: “I was calling 911 when I realized what happened and my husband went to help downstairs.” She said the driver asked her to help him find his cell phone following the crash.
“All I heard from him was, ‘Call my cell phone so I know where it is,’” she remembered. “He didn’t sound too coherent.” All three homes affected by the collision were evacuated and the utilities were turned off, officials said.
FHP Deputy Chief said the truck swiped the three houses and added that a fourth home was also evacuated.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving a tractor-trailer which crashed into three homes, ultimately, resulted in injuries. We wish the victim a speedy recovery and hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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