SMITHFIELD– A 16 year old driver lost control of a truck Wednesday morning and crashed into a home in Smithfield.
According to Sergeant Travis Allen of the Smithfield Police Department, the driver was traveling south on Wasatch Boulevard when he attempted to turn east-bound onto Juniper Road. Sergeant Allen says the driver took the corner too fast and lost control.
The truck crashed into the corner bedroom of the home at 70 West Juniper Road. The owner of the damaged home, Tyson Luthi, says his daughters, who sleep in the bedroom, had just woken up and were in another part of the home.
Luthi said, “I thought it was an earthquake because I heard an initial crash which might have been him (the driver) hitting the fence. Then I heard a big rumble and all of a sudden a big bang.”
Luthi ran to his daughters bedroom and opened the door. He was shocked when he saw the trucks headlights shining into the bedroom. He said, “that is something you never expect to see.”
The accident left a 15 foot wide hole in the home. A neighboring home to the west also sustained damage in the accident. The driver of the truck told police he was driving too fast when he tried to turn. There were no injuries in the accident. Damage to the home is estimated at $25,000.