Garbage truck rolls into North Charleroi home

November 22, 2013
Firefighters work at the scene where a runaway garbage truck plowed into a house Friday in North Charleroi. - Wayne E. Ray / For the Observer-Reporter Order a Print

NORTH CHARLEROI – A hauling company worker was injured Friday when he and a driver jumped from a runaway garbage truck before it crashed into a North Charleroi house, where no one was home at the time.

The County Hauling Corp. truck experienced a malfunction shortly after noon, and its brakes failed as it was traveling up a steep stretch of Seventh Street, causing it to roll backward and crash into the living room of a two-story house on the corner of Conrad Avenue, Lock Four Fire Company Chief Bill Castner said.

“There’s a garbage truck in my house,” said Justin Harrington, who returned to his home from work after hearing about the crash. “I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Scott Tervita, spokesman for the Belle Vernon hauling company, said the truck’s passenger was taken for observation to Mon Valley Hospital. Tervita, who declined to identify the employees, said the driver was a bit shaken up after the crash.

Charleroi Regional police said the truck will be impounded for a mandatory mechanical inspection to be performed by state police.

Castner said Washington County Urban Search and Rescue was called to the scene to reinforce the house in order to remove the truck. He said the house was too unstable for occupation, and that a structural engineer would need to inspect the brick dwelling.

Harrington, who rented the house, said his family would either check into a motel or stay with relatives.

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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