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Runaway Dump Truck Crashes Into Hawthorne House

The truck took out a corner of the house. Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving
Authorities were trying to determine how to move the truck and how seriously damaged the house was. Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving
At the scene. Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

A runaway dump truck sped down a Hawthorne block in reverse and slammed into a house just after noon Monday.

A Paterson firefighter was taken by a Hawthorne ambulance to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson and a civilian was treated at the scene -- both for heat exhaustion.

No one was inside the Sunrise Drive house, which is near the bottom of a cul-de-sac .-- although one of the homeowners was in the backyard pool.

The driver was filling the truck with gravel at the top of the cul-de-sac when the Mack truck -- owned by Robinson & Sons trucking of Paterson -- began rolling, responders said.

It clipped a corner section of driveway, continued across the front lawn and took out the left corner of the house, spilling some gravel.

Responders included a Paterson Collapse Unit, as well as local police, firefighters and both of their chiefs.

No immediate determination had been made about the structural integrity of the house.

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