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Runaway semi slams into Edmonds home


A truck belonging to Evergreen Heavy Haul slammed into a home next to Edmonds Elementary School on Monday, June 18.

It could have been worse, bystanders agreed.

An unoccupied, runaway semi-truck carrying an excavator slammed into an Edmonds home at about 1 p.m. Monday, June 18, causing considerable damage but causing no casualties.

But the homes’ occupants received the fright of their lives.

According to Edmonds Police on scene and witnesses, the truck – registered to Evergreen Heavy Haul in Seattle – rolled down the steep incline of Viewland Way and crashed into the home at 1125 Olympic Ave.

The home is just south of Edmonds Elementary School, where students were in school - the last day is Thursday, June 21.

"Edmonds Elementary staff worked closely with Edmonds Police to reroute parent pick-up and buses, as needed on Monday afternoon, due to Olympic Avenue being closed," Edmonds School District spokeswoman Kelly Franson said.

“We heard it coming down the hill,” said homeowner Karen Cooper. “I heard this huge clatter. I’m saying this to my head, Is he going to stop? When it hit the power line across the street, I knew we were going to get hit. And I’m yelling, Get out of the driveway, get out of the driveway.”

There were several people on the front lawn and inside the house at the time, enjoying a sunny day, including adults and kids.

The truck ended up with its cab half inside the house’s guest bedroom. Cooper said it appeared it had been about to slam into another bedroom, where her granddaughter was inside.

“It was aiming for that room, and my daughter screamed, My baby, my baby. But it veered to the other room where we have playpens and stuff for babies.”

Semi crashes into Edmonds home June 18.

Ian Fleshman-Cooper, Karen Cooper’s grown grandson, said he was skipping rope in front of the house with his daughter and another child when he saw the truck looming in front of him.

“The two kids were right in the path of the truck,” he said. “I dropped the rope, picked up my daughter and yelled at the other kids to get out of the way. It all happened so fast. This is going to be a tough one to shake."

Although nobody was seriously injured, Cooper said a couple of the children had cuts on their hands.

Edmonds Police were on scene, as were South County Fire and Snohomish County PUD.


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