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.