Coffee truck smashes into Ga. home

Photos courtesy of Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services
A coffee truck slammed into a carport Monday at a home on Georgia Highway 211 in Barrow County
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 6:09 AM
Last updated 6:10 AM
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WINDER, Ga.  - A Winder woman was shocked and physically shaken Monday after a box truck carrying a load of coffee smashed into her home on Georgia Highway 211.

The woman escaped injury, but the out-of-control truck smashed her carport and the car that was parked underneath.

"I knew the whole front had caved in when I heard the crash," said Laura Potter. "I've lost half a house, a car - everything. They'll probably have to tear down the other half of the house."

Potter, who turns 75 today, was watching "The View," a TV talk show, and waiting for the noon newscast to start when a crash shook the exterior wall of the living room where she was sitting. She jumped up to see what had happened and found a coffee service truck on its side on top of what used to be her carport and her 2003 Honda Accord, she said.

The truck was heading east on Ga. 211 - West Athens Street - near Mears Street when the driver lost control and hit a utility pole. The truck then overturned onto Potter's carport, according to Jessica Gray, who saw the crash happen.

The house, where Potter has lived since 1960, is close to a very busy and sometimes dangerous stretch of road, but it's never been hit by a car before. She believes her homeowners' insurance will cover the damage.

The driver - Jeffery Corey Morrow, 41, of Statham - injured his legs in the crash and suffered a black eye. Barrow County EMTs took him to Athens Regional Medical Center to make sure he didn't have any internal injuries, firefighters said.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper cited Morrow with failing to keep his vehicle in the proper lane, according Gordy Wright, spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 02/15/11 - 10:01 am
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"The best part of waking

"The best part of waking up..." isn't an overturned coffee truck I'm guessing...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/15/11 - 10:53 am
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It probably wasn't even her

It probably wasn't even her brand of coffee.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/15/11 - 11:25 am
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Pull his cell phone records.

Pull his cell phone records. I'll bet he was texting or on the phone. Or he could have been fiddling with his GPS.

8 times out of 10 when I see a truck/semi on the highway they are reading (yes, reading as in a book or a map laid out on their steering wheel), on the phone or messing around with some gadget. All the while they are weaving all over the road in their killing machines.

PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 02/15/11 - 03:50 pm
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They were right, Caffeine

They were right, Caffeine will kill you!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/15/11 - 07:56 pm
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Even if they totally fix her

Even if they totally fix her house, good luck on getting enough money to replace her car. I hope her homeowner's insurance coverage was for replacement costs rather than simple appraised value.

All4Mine
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All4Mine 02/16/11 - 11:02 am
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Sounds like one of those

Sounds like one of those Allstate Meyhem commercials lol

All4Mine
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All4Mine 02/16/11 - 11:03 am
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@ chillen, killing

@ chillen, killing machines-really??? lol

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