Semi driver, likely asleep at the wheel, drove into a home Sunday morning
BATON ROUGE – A bizarre crash overnight left the driver of an 18-wheeler injured and people inside a home escaping from the wreckage after the semi crashed into a house in the Monticello area.
Pictures shared by WBRZ viewers and the Central Fire Department show the shocking scene: A loaded truck smashed through a home, the cab of the 18-wheeler wedged inside the house, surrounded by debris.
Central, East Side and St. George all responded to the crash.
It took two hours to free the driver from the cab of the truck, firefighters said.
The crash happened around 3:30 Sunday morning in a neighborhood off Greenwell Springs.
After the crash, two adults and a child in the home escaped through a bedroom window. The trucker was trapped in the mangled mess and firefighters had to break through walls of the house to reach the cab and rescue them.
"To see that we had a huge hole in our house because an 18-wheeler drove through is just surreal," the homeowners told WBRZ. "There no words to explain to feeling of that."
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is handling the crash investigation. A spokesperson said Sunday, the truck driver will be ticketed. Deputies are not sure why the driver lost control but believe they may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
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