This photo was taken from Los Padres Drive looking down into Kay Hehir's yard, showing the position of the truck, her house and the retaining wall, with nearly no room to spare.[photo by Kay Hehir]
Breaking News Raw Report by Kay Hehir
FRAZIER PARK (October 3, 2010, 12:30 a.m.)—A truck (Ford F250) landed in my backyard, Sunday evening at about 9:30 p.m. The truck was apparently traveling east on Los Padres Drive. It went over the berm on the right side of road, slid down the hill and over my retainer wall, while taking out a section of wood fence and a mercury light post. The amazing thing is how it landed.
It ended up on its side about 2 feet from the back wall of my house (actually there appears to be a tire skid on a section of the wall of the house). It missed my patio roof by a few feet. I heard a lot of breaking noises and it seemed like the ground shook.
I called a friend and said ‘Please hurry over here. I don’t know what has happened. I’m afraid to go out. There was no light in my backyard and I thought maybe a bear was out there. When I hung up the phone, I heard a vehicle horn beep several times. Then I made out tail lights just outside my kitchen window, and dialed 911.
I told them, ‘Please hurry. There’s a vehicle on its side in my backyard.’ I gave them the location. Meanwhile a young man climbed out of the vehicle and I asked, ‘Are you OK? Help is on the way.’ But he was trying to find a way out of my yard. When the first responders arrived they found the young man not far from my house. I think they arrested him. Then the highway patrol came, and then the tow company. I don’t really know all the details yet, names, etc.
After it happened I could not find my dog, and thankfully she was not under the truck, as some bystanders thought might have been the case. I found her in her dog house hiding and very shaken. Of course now I am not sure how to proceed. I need my fencing up to keep my dog from getting out. I put her in a side dog run, but hope not to have to leave her penned up there too long. The officers said it could take 8 to 10 days to finish the report.
The photos are not the greatest, but it was dark outside. I increased the exposure to brighten them up, but it is incredible the way the truck landed and I thank God the driver received no serious injury, to my knowledge
This is part of the October 01, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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