Three people were taken to local hospitals Monday after a pickup crashed into a central city split-level duplex.
The Dodge Ram truck was eastbound on Hamilton Street just before 10 a.m. when it collided with a Jeep Grand Cherokee, northbound on North Miller Street, police Sgt. Pete Lavey said. The woman driving the Jeep, Rolanda Copley, drove through the intersection where a yield sign should have been but was face down in the grass.
It was not clear how long the sign had been down or who took the sign down. There has been road construction on Hamilton.
Ms. Copley said she was already in the intersection when she saw the truck coming toward her vehicle. She and one man from the truck were taken to local hospitals.
"I could have died," Ms. Copley said. "I'm glad he figured out to swerve, but I hate that he went into that house."
A woman who was sleeping on a couch in the bottom living room at 870 Hamilton was also taken to a local hospital. Sergeant Lavey said the woman was not struck by the truck, which barreled into the split-level duplex, but the couch she was on was hit. Police did not identify the woman or the four men inside the pickup.
Tamiki Kimble, 26, was with her two children and young nephew sleeping in the upstairs apartment when "I felt my whole apartment shake," Ms. Kimble said.
Ms. Kimble said she ran to the window, saw a truck through the bottom apartment, and then woke up the children and got them out of the apartment through a back door. Ms. Kimble said she moved all of her furniture to a back dining room, fearing that the front of the apartment would collapse when the truck was towed away.