DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Four people were injured and 20 have been displaced from their home after a truck crashed into a Dayton apartment building.
One witness said he is in shock after what happened Thursday.
“It was pretty horrific, man,” the witness said. “Both my uncle and aunt was sitting right there on the couch with a truck come through.”
He said he was in the apartment when the truck crashed through the wall and came to a stop on top of his aunt and uncle. He said he jumped into action to help.
“Right away I had to get them both out the window,” he said. “I had to pull that out, what you see, out of the way so I could, you know, get them out the window?”
Dayton District Fire Chief Fred Haney said the crash happened because the truck lost control while driving down Wayne Avenue.
Fire crews found two people in the yard and two under the truck. All four were taken to the hospital with injuries ranging from minor to moderate.
Haney said the building is heavily damaged and around 20 people have been displaced.
Haney said his crews were just training for this scenario Thursday.
“They were training for and structural collapse, and they actually had to leave the training session to come here to do exactly what they were training,” Haney said.
Tenant Zahara Jordan said this was a familiar scene.
“Believe it or not, this is not the first time that a car crashed through our apartment,” Zahara said. “So this was just like another day, another crazy event in our apartment complex. This is the worst one that we’ve experienced as far as the cars coming through the front.”
Jordan said she doesn’t think she will stay in the apartment complex even if it’s rebuilt.
“I believe that I’m going to want to leave my apartment and find somewhere new to live,” Jordan said.
The American Red Cross is helping those with nowhere to stay.
According to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, several cars collided just after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Wayne Avenue and Wilmington Avenue.
This cause of the incident and whether or not another vehicle was involved remains under investigation.