ST. GEORGE – Shortly after 8 p.m. a semi-truck pulling a 53-foot trailer and heading south on Bluff Street drove off the road, through a fence, and into a backyard; stopping approximately 12 feet from the house itself.
The driver, Carlos Caceres, 49, told officers the last thing he remembers was stopping at the light at the intersection of Bluff Street and Red Hills Parkway, over a quarter-mile north of the scene of the accident. Caceres was not arrested at the scene, and officials say there was no indication of alcohol use, but he did submit to a blood-based test at a different location. He was then transported to the station for a more controlled environment.
St. George police stated the truck originated in California, and the driver told police the truck contained a hay product, and was not hazardous. However, gas and other fluids did leak from the truck, and specialists are being brought in to dispose of the debris, as well as a commercial vehicle inspector to analyze factors contributing to the accident.
“We were here in front of the house,” Javier Rodriguez, a resident of the home, said. “Then we saw a bunch of smoke and ran over to check it out.”
The occupants of the house, as well as the driver, were uninjured. A trampoline, swing set, and a few random objects in the back yard were destroyed. Rodriguez said there were eight people home at the time of the accident.
“Our trampoline is destroyed, and our treehouse is done for, but the house is okay,” Rodriguez said. “Our siblings are okay, everyone is alright.”
A Red Cross disaster action team was also on scene of the accident. Paul Dunsdun, commander of the team, said the semi stopped 12-15 feet short of one of the children’s bedrooms.
Though the family was unharmed, Dunsdun said the Red Cross was ready to render any additional aid if needed.
St. George News Assistant Editor Mori Kessler contributed to this article.
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