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Rollover crash nearly destroys home

September 19, 2012
By IAN HICKS - For The Weirton Daily Times , Weirton Daily Times

WINDSOR HEIGHTS - When Jesse Williams went out to get the mail Tuesday afternoon, his front yard contained little more than a table, a charcoal grill and his parked car.

No sooner had he sat down in his living room, however, than there came a most unexpected addition - in the form of a pickup truck resting on its side less than a foot from the front porch of his Girty's Point Road home. According to Brooke County sheriff's deputies at the scene, it appears the driver had difficulty getting the trailer he was hauling to navigate the turn, causing him to cross the oncoming lane and take out about an 8-foot section of the stone wall between Williams' home and the road before tipping and coming to rest on the driver's side in the yard.

"It was like a bomb went off," said Williams.

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CLOSE CALL — A truck rests on its side just inches from the front porch of this home, after the vehicle and the trailer it was hauling rolled over Tuesday afternoon on Girty’s Point Road. -- Ian Hicks

Both Williams and the truck driver, whom police did not name, were unhurt, though they were shaken up. The front porch sustained some damage, though, as did Williams' car, which was in the path of some of the stones that dislodged from the wall.

The trailer tipped in the opposite direction from the truck, coming to rest on its right side on the road. It remained chained to the vehicle, however, which may have prevented the truck from rolling right through Williams' house. Deputies said they didn't expect the driver to be charged.

Even though excessive speed isn't believed to be a factor in Tuesday's accident, neighbor John Wilson said recent events should serve as a reminder to motorists who he said seem to treat Girty's Point more like a drag strip than a windy, country road.

"They race up it, they race down it. ... We've made numerous calls" to police, he said, pointing to a few orange barrels no more than 50 yards away, warning motorists of another spot where a vehicle accident took a chunk out of the stone wall.

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