Trucker’s “Medical Event” Leads to $100,000 House Call
Edinburgh, IN – An Alabama trucker told police he “passed out” moments before barreling into a multi-family home in Edinburgh on Monday afternoon.
Donald J. Harrington, 56, of Alabama suffered what authorities are describing as a “medical event” while he was behind-the-wheel of a big rig resulting in the tractor-trailer plowing into a private residence.
The accident occurred at near the intersection of Toner and Grant streets northeast of downtown Edinburgh a few minutes after noon, authorities said.
Allen Smith, chief of Edinburgh Fire Department, said Harrington missed a turn, left the roadway, and drove through the building.
When emergency responders arrived, they found Harrington “entrapped deep into the structure,” according to Smith.
Officials were able to extricate Harrington and he was transported to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.
Authorities assessed the damage to the structure to be in excess of $100,000.
The White River Fire Department Structural Collapse team was able to secure the building from structural collapse in approximately 3 hours according to Jeremy Pell, chief of the White River Township Fire Department.
Fortunately, no one was inside the residence at the time of the accident.
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