Pickup truck strikes house

November 16, 2012
Firefighters work at 1917 State Route 2023 in Carroll Township, where a vehicle slammed into a house late Thursday. The driver of the vehicle was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital. - Wayne E. Ray / For the Observer-Reporter Order a Print

MONONGAHELA – Judith Hough had just retired to bed and was watching a television weather report Thursday night when she heard a vehicle engine revving outside her Carroll Township house.

Seconds later, she heard a crash when a pickup truck slammed into her house at 1913 Route 2023, critically injuring the driver.

“The whole house shook,” Hough said Friday.

Township police said the driver, David Phillips, 20, of 192 Hazelkirk Road in Carroll, was flown in critical condition to Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, following the 11:20 p.m. accident in the township’s Dunkirk section.

Police said Phillips’ truck caught fire when it crashed at a high speed into the concrete front porch and the above-ground basement wall, taking out the natural gas meter. A passerby and neighbor used buckets of water to help a Carroll police office armed with a fire extinguisher put out the flames, Hough said.

“The whole house shifted a half-inch,” she said.

It took rescue workers 20 minutes to free Phillips from the vehicle, she said.

She said she is prevented from going inside the house to retrieve anything, Phillips’ vehicle insurance company might make arrangements for her family to stay in a motel.

She was home at the time of the crash with a son and nephew, who were playing a video game. She said she knows Phillips because he used to wrestle at school with her son.

The township’s zoning officer and a building inspector determined the crash caused nearly $40,000 in damages, which are repairable, Hough said.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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