Truck Smashes Home, Garage In Susquehanna County

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HOP BOTTOM -- A man is out of the hospital after a truck crashed into his home in Susquehanna County.

The commotion in Hop Bottom began 9 p.m. Monday along Forest Street.

Many neighbors rushed outside to find a truck lodged into the side of a garage and a hole in the front of Tim Hortman's home.

On Tuesday, friends and neighbors stopped by to examine the debris in daylight as state police continue to look into how it all happened.

Troopers said a tanker truck crashed right through the living room of Hortman's home in before coming to a stop in the garage.

"As soon as I came out of the house, there was a big thing of smoke. I went running right up there, and the driver was getting out of the truck. He just said 'I lost my brakes,'" said neighbor Daniel Sese.

"We were in the living room. Our whole house shook," added neighbor Jake Sheppard.

Newswatch 16 was there as emergency crews worked to clean up the mess. Police say the both the truck driver and Hortman, a councilman in Hop Bottom, were taken to Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton.

Less than 24 hours later, Hortman was back at his home working to salvage what he could.

"We walked down to take a look and I was shocked," said Kerry Rickert. "He's very lucky to be alive."

Many people in Hop Bottom say the number of trucks that travel through this area continues to increase, and neighbors say they're a bit frightened after seeing what happened to this home along Forest Street.

"For people in town, that's scary, yes."

Daniel Sese is a truck driver and believes the truck owned by G & W Trucking in New Milford had no business being on his street in the first place.

"There's a sign, ironically enough, right across the street from the house that says weight limit 10 tons, and that's 20,000 pounds, and those trucks empty are more than that," said Sese.

The truck driver from Binghamton is charged with driving too fast for conditions and could face other charges as well.

As for Tim Hortman, he says he can't live in his house right now and is working with an insurance company to determine what's next.