Tractor-trailer runs off road, crashes into house; no one injured

gkocher1@herald-leader.comMay 22, 2013 

LAWRENCEBURG — A tractor-trailer ran off a two-lane road and into a house early Wednesday, but no one in the house was hurt, the homeowner said.

The truck cab managed to stay upright, but its trailer fell onto its side and slid 150 to 200 feet and into the house owned by Brian Flood, 46.

"I saw it coming," Flood said. "When I looked out, it was flipped over and sliding towards the house. ... It was pretty scary."

The trailer, carrying 24,000 pounds of plastic paper-towel dispensers, crashed into a bedroom on the southeast side of the house. The crash happened shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Ky. 151 (also known as Graefenburg Road) about 2 miles north of U.S. 127. A stretch of Ky. 151 remained closed to traffic until 12:47 p.m.

Truck driver Gurmail Singh Kler was taken to a Frankfort hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening, Kentucky State Police said. He was driving south from Canada to Danville.

Flood, the homeowner, was recovering from surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. But after the crash, he was able to run to a back bedroom to check on his fiancée, Suzanne Tate. She was unhurt.

Flood said vehicles are constantly running off the road and into his yard, but this is the first time anything has hit the three-bedroom house.

"There's no reason for trucks to be on this road. They've got 127 to take," he said.

Flood, who has lived there 20 years, said his house might have to be condemned, but if so, he intends to build back.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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