Tough luck: Covington home has been struck by vehicles 3 times

By Sara Gouedy - bio | email

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Imagine a truck crashing into your house at a record speed while you are sleeping.

That's exactly what happened to a home in the Wallace Woods neighborhood in Covington.

And it's not the first time a vehicle has struck the house. The homeowner says this is the third time this has happened in 30 years.

Part of problem might be the traffic. Cars on Scott Street often literallly collide with this quiet neighborhood when they hit a traffic island.

Covington Police say at 3:30 Thursday morning, Keith Rook's truck hit the traffic island. Officers say the truck went airborne, crushed an air conditioner, broke a gas line, slammed into the house, hit a truck parked in the driveway, slammed into a tree, flipped, and busted a deck.

"It sounded like a train derailed, that's what it sounded like. If you've ever heard that, that's what it sounded like," said Larry Spellman, who lives two doors away.

Spellman says he got out out of bed and shot some cell phone video of the chaos.

"Look at this, this is part of his truck right here, it's part of his truck, that's where his path is, but this house, this house right here's been taking hits," he said.

The homeowner didn't want to talk on camera, but did say this is the third time a car has hit her house.

This is the second accident at this traffic island in a week. Someone hit a telephone pole on Saturday.

"The problem is that Scott Street, it's fairly flat," said Kerry Risner, president of the Wallace Woods Neighborhood Association. "And the once you're past 20th street and come into Wallace Woods, it goes up a slight hill. And the island sits at the top and you can't really see what's beyond that."

Risner hopes this latest crash will wake up the city, and get something done for this Covington neighborhood.

"Even after hitting a house, and how far it traveled, he had to have been going 60 miles an hour, at least through this neighborhood," said Risner.

Rook is in critical condition at UC Hospital. Police say he was the only person in the truck.