USPS Big Rig Driver Makes Home Delivery
Meriden, Connecticut – A big rig hauling for the United States Postal Service (USPS) took a detour Thursday morning in Connecticut when the driver found himself — and his truck — inside a house in Meriden.
Truck driver Francisco Luna, driving for Davis Mail Services (and contracted by USPS), told police he was driving south on Preston Avenue around 4 a.m. and swerved to avoid an oncoming car.
Authorities say Luna’s rig struck a white work van parked in front of 502 Preston Avenue and collided with two more stationary vehicles, a fence and a tree before coming to rest inside the home at 484 Preston Avenue.
“The house shook so we got up right away,” said homeowner Aldo Signorello.
“I came out of the front and the only thing I could see were the cars, someone hit the cars, then I started going up a little bit and saw the tractor-trailer inside the house.”
Assistant Fire Chief Brendan Noonan said the semi-truck pushed the tree into one of the home’s bedrooms.
The bedroom, according to Signorello, belongs to his daughter, who is a nurse and thankfully wasn’t home at the time of the accident.
Four adults were sleeping inside the Signorello’s home at the time of crash. None of them were injured.
The driver was evaluated at the scene and had a bump on his head, but was not transported to a hospital, authorities said.
The truck, however, is a different story.
Fuel tanks were damaged during the crash, which caused fuel to spill in the backyard.
Though no waterways were affected by the fuel spill, representatives from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene.
Noonan estimated the tanks were only carrying about 50 gallons of fuel.
As shocking as the photos are, residents of Preston Avenue told local news outlet Fox61 they were not surprised.
“It was just a matter of time before it happened here,” neighbor Jeff Naldi told reporters. “Trucks and cars speed up and down this road … cars are going 45-55,” in the marked 35 mph zone.
“Trucks come by, the house shakes, the walls crack because of these trucks,” Signorello told local news.
Neighbors claim to have contacted Meriden Police with complaints about the lack of a “No Thru Truck” sign on Preston Avenue, but Fox61 reports police have no records of these complaints.
Luna told police he was hauling mail from Springfield, Massachusetts.
The crash took place less than four miles from the USPS processing facility in Wallingford.
(Photos: My Record Journal)
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