Woman wrecks truck into residence
HUNTINGTON — Delores L. Adkins thought she was finished with holiday guests until an unexpected visitor landed -- literally -- on her front porch Saturday morning.
The Green Valley Road resident was in the back of the house she has lived in for more than 40 years when she said she heard what sounded like a wreck on the road just outside her home.
"I was in the living room watching TV and thought I heard a wreck," Adkins said. "Then, I saw the car in the front yard."
The vehicle, driven by an unidentified female, was a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck which spun off the road, through Adkins' fence and yard, and landed against her front porch, according to eyewitnesses and law enforcement officials on the scene.
The one-vehicle wreck occurred at about 11:30 a.m. in the 3800 block of Green Valley Road. Cabell County Sheriff's Deputy Bocky Miller said wet roads and speed beyond what was safe for the road conditions were likely contributing factors. The driver, he added, appeared to be uninjured but was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
The truck struck a gas meter, Miller said, prompting a call to the gas company. The homeowner was advised to stay out of the house until the gas company and a structural engineer could assess any damages. The uninjured Adkins, 85, said it isn't the first time a driver has landed in her yard in the past four decades.
"They've never been into the house, but they've taken my fence down twice," she said.
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