Madison County

Driver says he fell asleep when truck crashed into Madison house

The gaping hole left by a truck had been boarded up Tuesday at the home of Russell and Joan Hurt. Russell Hurt, 81, suffered cuts to the head and arm, but his daughter, Ann Nebraski, was admitted to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with two broken legs.
The gaping hole left by a truck had been boarded up Tuesday at the home of Russell and Joan Hurt. Russell Hurt, 81, suffered cuts to the head and arm, but his daughter, Ann Nebraski, was admitted to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with two broken legs. gkocher1@herald-leader.com

An 81-year-old man and his daughter visiting from Ohio were injured Tuesday when a truck crashed into a rural Madison County house.

The daughter, Ann Nebraski, suffered two broken legs, said her father, Russell Hurt. Nebraski was listed in critical condition at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Her father suffered cuts on his head and right arm.

“It just seemed like dynamite went off,” Russell Hurt said.

The truck was westbound when it ran off Ky. 1295 and into the brick house where Hurt and his wife, Joan, 80, live. She was outside at the time of the crash and was not hurt.

“The driver claimed he was on his way to work and fell asleep,” said Roger Hurt, son of Russell and Joan Hurt.

The name of the driver was not immediately available from Kentucky State Police. The crash happened Tuesday morning about five miles southwest of Richmond.

Relatives, friends and members of Kirksville Baptist Church were on the scene helping shore up the house and attending to the Hurts. The couple had lived in the house for more than 40 years.

The Hurts said they were appreciative of the help from their church family.

“Couldn’t do without them,” Russell Hurt said.

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