PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The driver of tractor-trailer was hurt after crashing into the yard of a home in Port Chester early Friday morning.
Investigators say the driver appeared to be going eastbound on I-287 and tried to get onto exit 12 toward I-95 when the truck plowed through a guard rail. It then slammed through trees before finally coming to a stop in the driveway of a family home just short of a neighbor’s playground.
“It’s very frightening,” neighbor Karen Dorn told CBS2’s Reena Roy.
The truck’s engine was in bits and pieces with the driver’s belongings spilling out onto the grass. Officials have identified him as 54-year-old Eduardo Martinez of Texas. He was taken to Westchester Medical Center with minor injuries.
“The driver was able to walk away and get on the stretcher,” City of Rye Public Safety Commissioner Michael Corcoran said. “This gentleman is extremely lucky. If he had left the roadway 10 to 15 yards before, he may have gone down an embankment and we would’ve had a very different outcome.”
Investigators saying its a miracle no one else was hurt.
“It was delivering a load of candy somewhere,” Corcoran said. “There were gummy bears and Swedish fish that are on the truck.”
It’s unclear what caused Martinez to come flying off the highway, but New York State police say initial reports show he may have been going too fast around a curve.
“I think there are some skid marks on the road so maybe speed was a factor or maybe he didn’t realize how quickly the exit was there,” Corcoran said.
“The trucks are oftentimes going very fast and there are a lot of them,” Dorn said.
As the cleanup continues, people are still in disbelief their small town was shaken by such a big surprise.
“This is the first time that I’ve been here that we’ve seen a vehicle leave the roadway and go into someone’s yard,” Corcoran said.
Workers are still on scene emptying fuel from the truck before they tow it away.