Truck hits home; one dead, one injured

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

An 18-year-old is dead and another man is thankful to be alive after an unexpected visitor lands inside his home.

Troopers say Andy Andrews was driving a Nissan truck north down Main Street in McCormick County around 9:45 Sunday night, May 7, when he lost control and crashed into Calvin Perrin's home.

"Once I found out what happened, I started going into shock," says Perrin. A board pierced through the wall and landed on top of his bed, dangerously close to where he had just been sitting.

"I heard one sound--I can't describe it. Immediately after that there was a loud boom and then I saw debris."

He describes it as a scene straight out of a movie.

"It happened so quick I didn't have time to realize what happened until I saw the vehicle. I looked back and saw a part of it inside the house and the rest outside...I knew we had a problem."

While his family is saying thanks, another is left to grieve.

18-year-old Andy Andrews died on the scene after he lost control of his truck and came tumbling down the side of an embankment and into Perrin's home.

Troopers believe he was speeding down South Main Street.

The accident left Perrin barely able to walk. He was already living with a prosthetic leg.

"The accident caught the back of my leg," Perrin says. "I don't know what kind of damage to my leg."

Despite that, Perrin says he has no hard feelings towards the young driver.

"My prayers go out to the family," he says.

Troopers say the driver of the truck was not wearing his seatbelt.

No one else was injured inside the home.


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