Truck Smashes Hole in Passaic Apartment Building

31 07 2007

PASSAIC, NJ — A delivery truck crashed into a first-floor apartment late Monday afternoon, leaving a gaping hole that exposed the inside of a bedroom.

People who witnessed the accident said it would have been worse if someone was in the room when the midsize truck slammed through the brick wall of the apartment at 35 Aspen Place.

No one was injured, police said.

One eyewitness, Jessy Rivera, who lives next door to the damaged apartment, explained what happened as she held a broken side-view mirror from her automobile that was struck by the truck before it hit the outside brick wall of the apartment.

“We heard a big boom just like a crash,” said Rivera, 24, describing the accident that occurred about 4:49 p.m. “I ran outside and I was in shock” at the damage.

Even with the significant damage to her apartment, Trisha Lyons, 28, said she would have the hole boarded up and remain there with her husband and two young daughters.

“I’ve got two kids, where am I supposed to go?” she said.

Bill Snyder, executive director of the Passaic Housing Authority, said Monday night that the family would be moved into a temporary apartment at Speer Village today until structural damage could be assessed and repair work completed.

PHA workers were at the Lyons’ apartment placing plywood over the approximately 4-foot-wide hole in the brick wall.

The truck was speeding and struck several parked cars before plunging into the Lyons’ apartment, eyewitnesses said.

“If my grandkids were in that bedroom they would have been killed,” said David Horne, 63, who did not live at Speer Village and is the father-in-law of Trisha Lyons.

Police would not identify the truck driver, who was not injured in the crash. (




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