Tanker truck hits house after crash
crews spend hours stabilizing structure
Tribune staff writer
— A tanker truck carrying
about 600 gallons of gasoline plowed into a house at the intersection
of Main and Hoffer streets just before 11 a.m. Monday, knocking the
house off its foundation.
Kokomo Fire Department
spokesman Nick Glover said KFD crews spent about 2.5 hours shoring up
the structure before the tanker, which didn’t catch fire, could be
Kokomo police said the
driver of a 2007 Buick Lucerne, Jack Sutton, was northbound on Main
Street and disregarded a stop sign.
Glover said the truck and
the car collided, sending the truck barreling into the southeast corner
of the two-story house at 1731 S. Main St., which sits on the northwest
corner of the intersection.
The tanker truck is built
to hold up to 2,000 gallons of fuel, but wasn’t full.
Two residents were inside
the home when the truck hit, and both escaped injury, Glover said.
The house was moved about
10 inches to 12 inches off its foundation, making it unlikely the
structure can be salvaged, Glover said.
“You’re probably looking at
demolition. We made it stable for the time being, to at least give the
residents time to go in and get their belongings. All of the utilities
are shut off,” he said.
The fire department’s
structural collapse team did the shoring work, he added.
The Indiana State Police
Motor Carrier Division is assisting Kokomo police in the investigation,
which remains ongoing. Anyone with additional information regarding
this investigation is asked to contact Officer Orville Harness at
765-459-5101 or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017.