|A large tow truck removes a transport truck cab from the front of 482 Main St. West in Port Colborne, Ont., in the early morning, Friday, September 28, 2012. (QMI Agency/DAVE JOHNSON)
PORT COLBORNE, ONT. - Marie Parks watched as a transport truck slammed into her house in this city Thursday night, right into the front room where she and her husband normally sit at night.
"Someone was watching over me," she said, as firefighters, police, paramedics and neighbours milled around the scene after the 8:45 p.m. crash at the southern Ontario home she's called home for 40 years.
Parks and her husband had gone to see a neighbour's truck shortly before the semi plowed into the home.
Port Colborne fire Chief Tom Cartwright said the truck hit so hard, "it literally pushed the floor out of the back of the house."
Cartwright said the back wall was also pushed out of the house and its floor supports and foundation were damaged.
A city engineer was called in to asses the home to see if it was structurally sound enough for the truck, hauling a trailer full of asphalt, to be removed. The gas and power was also shut off to the home.
Once it was determined the truck could safely be removed, the drivers of two large two trucks worked in tandem for more than two hours to remove the trailer from the truck and then remove the truck from the home.
Police Sgt. Stephen Dever said the transport was headed westbound on Main Street, while a van was headed southbound on Steele Street at the time of the collision. Police said they believe the transport swerved to avoid hitting the van. But it struck the van and ended up hitting the home, after driving between two poles on the south side of the road.
Dever said the male transport driver and the female van driver were both taken to hospital in nearby Welland with minor injuries.