CONNELLSVILLE (KDKA) – A tractor-trailer went out of control and hit four cars and two houses in Fayette County Monday afternoon.
According to neighbors, looking at the destruction and twisted wreckage, it’s amazing no one was killed in the accident.
It happened late Monday afternoon on Route 711 in Connellsville, Fayette County.
KDKA’s Kym Gable reports:
The 18-wheeler flipped on its side and skidded about 50 yards before smashing into the homes. One is vacant, while the other is occupied by a family with three children.
Homeowner Heather Kent told KDKA that the impact sounded like, “A big boom. Like a bomb going off.”
“I was amazed the driver is not gone, cause look at it,” Kent said.
Crews had to cut the cab open with the Jaws of Life to get the driver out. He was trapped for about 20 minutes.
He was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Connellsville Assistant Fire Chief Rob Lieberger said the stretch of road has been the site of numerous accidents. He calls it steep and very dangerous.
“It’s very steep, treacherous,” said Assistant Fire Chief Lieberger. “It seems like every time we get one of these, it’s somebody from out of town.”
One of the houses has been struck three times by vehicles in recent years.
KDKA’s Heather Abrham reports: