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- A dump truck careened into an Egg Harbor City home, causing the house to partially collapse.
- An 80-year-old man survived after the floor collapsed under him.
- Neighbors and police called it a holiday miracle of sorts that no one was seriously hurt.
An 80-year-old man sitting in his living room and a truck driver weren't seriously hurt as a dump truck slammed into a South Jersey home Monday morning, causing it to partially collapse onto the resident.
Family members told investigators that the 80-year-old was sitting in his living room of the home along the White Horse Pike (U.S. Route 30) near Antwerp Avenue in Egg Harbor City, Atlantic County, like he normally does at the time of the crash, Egg Harbor City Police Chief Marcella Aylwin said. The floor fell out from under him and he wound up in the basement.
"It sounded like thunder," one neighbor said.
The truck had crashed with car up the road closer to Bremen Avenue around 7:30 a.m., Aylwin said. The truck then continued into oncoming traffic, through a field and some woods before hitting a tree and the home.
The truck driver and an 80-year-old man sitting in his living room were taken to the hospital with injuries not considered serious, Aylwin said.
As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see the front part of the two-story home collapsed, with debris scattered onto the lawn.
Surveillance video captured the moment the truck crashed into the home, showing the truck rolling into the front side of the home.
Aylwin called it a holiday miracle of sorts that no one was seriously injured. Neighbors agreed.
The crash remained under investigation Monday. Police said the driver of that car initially hit by the dump truck wasn’t hurt and continued on to work.