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1 dead, another injured after dump truck crashes into house, both catch fire


WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — On Saturday morning, a Ward’s Lawn Care dump truck crashed into a home in Willoughby, according to the Willoughby Fire Department.

Witness video showed a chaotic scene taking place shortly before 11:00 a.m. Erika Sherman watched it all unfold. She said it appeared the driver of the dump truck had lost control of the truck.

“There was a gentleman driving. He ended up going over a curb, and on the side of the road, back on the road and back on the side of the road again,” she described. .

She said the only thing that stopped the truck was when it hit a house on Vine Street.

Willoughby Fire Chief Todd Ungar said the truck hit utility, electric and gas poles.

The accident caused the fire of the house and the dump truck.

Witnesses rushed to the truck to try to get the driver out of the vehicle, not realizing that there was also a passenger in the vehicle.

“I was able to capture the good Samaritans trying to get the young man out of the vehicle. I believe one of them got burned trying to run away from the man,” said James Guller, a witness.

Sherman was one of the people who rushed out.

“Myself and other people got out of the vehicles and ran,” she said. “The gentleman who ran to the scene took a brick and smashed the window because we couldn’t open the driver’s door,” she said.

No one was home at the time of the accident. Bystanders helped the driver out of the truck and he was taken to Hillcrest Hospital, officials said.

But after firefighters brought the flames under control, they found someone in the passenger seat, who did not survive.

The incident is under investigation

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