Brecknock couple picking up pieces after truck slams into home

Couple picking up pieces after truck slams into house

BRECKNOCK TWP., Pa. - A couple in Brecknock Township, Berks County, are picking up the pieces after a pickup truck crashed into their home off Alleghenyville Road on Tuesday.

"We've got a lot of work to do," said Karl Peterson, standing beside his smashed garage door.

Peterson said the driver plowed through his yard sideways before eventually slamming into a parked car and a side of the home around 8:30 p.m.

"I saw him coming. I knew it wouldn't stop. I knew that it couldn't, the way it kept coming and coming," said Anna Mae Peterson, who witnessed the crash.

Both she and Karl were outside with their son-in-law and grandson. Their daughter was inside the home studying.

"She said she thought a bomb hit the place because she said the whole building shook," said Karl.

"It did quite the job," said Jim Franey, building code official and zoning officer for Brecknock Township. "[It] pushed the car inside in the interior wall, which knocked some of the walls inside out of kilter."

According to the Petersons, the damage extends into their kitchen. Antique dishes that were passed down generations were destroyed.

The crash also tore down the home's electric meter, leaving the couple without power and water.

"The plans are getting it fixed. I'm just lucky to be alive," said Karl, fortunate that his family was not hurt.

The driver, who was reportedly alone, was also expected to be OK. He was transported to Reading Hospital soon after the Petersons helped him out of the truck.

"We waited until it started to smoke pretty bad and then my son-in-law and grandson and I went and got crowbars and we crowbarred the right door open and he crawled out by himself," said Karl.

The driver's identity and condition were not available Wednesday.

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