A pickup truck crashed into the front of a house overnight in Salem, Massachusetts.
The driver is facing several charges after crashing into a Jefferson Avenue home around 12:30 a.m. Monday. The front end of the truck smashed into the front porch and even damaged the foundation.
Inspectors were on site earlier Monday morning to check the structural integrity of the building before it was boarded up.
Salem police said the driver is being charged with operating under the influence, speeding and a marked lanes violation.
The driver was only being identified Monday morning as a 25-year-old man from Salem. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons; at a court hearing, he was released without bail ahead of a court date July 20.
He will have to wear an alcohol monitor and be subject to random substance tests.
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No one was injured in the home. The home has been deemed inhabitable, despite the damage from the crash.
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The homeowner said he had just fallen asleep when he heard the impact of the crash. His mother ran downstairs to tell him someone had hit the front of their house with a pickup truck, destroying the front porch and smashing into the basement.
“I think it was crazy, I never seen something like that," homeowner Jose Rodriguez said. "I think the foundation of the house was the only thing that stopped him because he could have went right inside the house.”
Shana Thompson, who lives nearby and witnessed the crash, said she heard a loud screech and an even louder bang. When she came outside, she couldn’t believe the truck had crashed into her neighbors' house.
The driver was conscious but shaken up, Thompson said. She saw him trying to climb out the back window of the truck and asking if he was injured. A handful of adults and a toddler calmly walked out of the house after the crash, seemingly unaware of exactly what had happened, according to Thompson.
“They were kind of nonchalantly walking out of the building," Thompson said. "And I said, ‘There’s a truck in your front porch,' and they’re like, ‘What? What? We just heard a bang, and we were all sleeping.'"