Driver hits house, avoids major collision

Amelia Holliday Staff Reporter aholliday@civitasmedia.com

February 11, 2014

HAZARD—A motorist in Hazard may have prevented a major collision Tuesday afternoon—though in the process, has gotten himself and his vehicle stuck in a bit of a predicament.

Officer Paul Campbell with the Hazard City Police Department responded to a call Tuesday just before 3 p.m. of a possible injury collision on Allais Road in Hazard. Upon arrival, Campbell was met with the sight of what dispatchers called a “vehicle versus house” incident. A red Chevrolet pick-up truck had driven off of Sourwood Drive and into the residence at 201 Allais Road.

“From what the driver stated, he said that he was going up Sourwood Drive and as he was going up the hill the vehicle stalled and once it stalled it started to roll back,” Campbell explained. “He said he applied his brakes, but the brakes weren’t working properly at the time.”

Campbell said it was at that point the driver decided to steer the truck towards the side of the road as opposed to letting it roll into the busy street below.

“He made the right decision as far as trying to keep other people from getting hurt,” Campbell said.

The driver of the truck declined to comment.

Campbell said there were no injuries reported in the incident, and the driver was not under the influence of any substances. He added that the driver did recieve a minor traffic infraction.

No one was at the residence at the time of the incident, Campbell said, though there was someone renting the property at the time.

Officials were still trying to remove the truck from the scene into Tuesday evening.

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.