UPDATE: Driver of Tractor-Trailer Rescued After Hitting House

A house at 201 Race St. sustained extensive damage when it was struck by a tractor-trailer at 5:51 p.m. Tuesday. Rescue crews worked for 90 minutes to free the driver of the vehicle. (Photo by Ryan Liegey)

CLEARFIELD – The driver of a tractor-trailer, which struck a house in Lawrence Township, was rescued after being trapped for 90 minutes.

Rescue crews, police, EMS and utility workers block off Route 322 in Lawrence Township on Tuesday. Crews worked for 90 minutes to free the driver of a tractor-trailer, which struck the house at 201 Race St. (Photo by Christene Dahlem)

According to reports from GANT News correspondents at the scene and officials from the Lawrence Township Police and Fire Departments, at 5:51 p.m. Tuesday, a tractor-trailer struck a brick house at 201 Race St.

The tractor-trailer struck the side of the house, which is located in close proximity to Route 322 at the bottom of Rockton Mountain. The residents were not at the house at the time of the accident.

Utility wires dangle from damaged poles following an accident where a tractor-trailer struck a house at 201 Race St., in Lawrence Township on Tuesday. This is not the first time a tractor-trailer has struck houses at this location. In 2007, the driver of a tractor-trailer struck three houses on this property when the driver lost his breaks coming down Rockton Mountain. The residents were not home when this accident occurred and the driver was taken to a local trauma center for treatment of undisclosed injuries. (Photo by Christene Dahlem)

The vehicle hit the side of the house, then became entrapped at the front of the house. The driver was “heavily entrapped” inside the cab of the truck and multiple fire companies, along with police and EMS crews worked for an hour-and-a-half to free the driver.

The driver, Darryl L. Hill, 55, of Philadelphia, was taken to Penn Highlands Clearfield, then later flown to a nearby trauma center for undisclosed injuries. Residents in the area of the accident said they were without power for several hours.

Witnesses at the accident said the truck was hauling eggs.

Bystanders view the wreckage following a tractor-trailer versus house accident Tuesday in Lawrence Township. A truck hauling eggs struck a house at 201 Race St., causing heavy damage to the house. Rescue crews worked for 90 minutes to extricate the driver, who was later flown to a nearby trauma center. (photo by Ryan Liegey)

This is not the first time a tractor-trailer has struck houses at this same location. In July of 2007, a tractor-trailer hauling a load of bacon missed the pull-off on Route 322 at the top of Rockton Mountain, where drivers are required to pull over and put any heavy vehicles into low- or reduced-gear. The driver missed the pull-off due to heavy traffic because Interstate 80 was closed due to an unrelated accident.

The truck lost its brakes and struck three houses at the same Race Street location. The truck sideswiped the first house, crashed through the second house and into the third house, where the cab became trapped inside the basement. It took rescue crews several hours to free the driver.

More information on this accident will be released as it becomes available.

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