Truck crashes through Springfield home, kills family pet
The driver was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he is expected to be okay. (MassLive)
A Ford Ranger was driven through a house in East Forest Park Monday afternoon. (MassLive).
No one was inside at the time of the crash, but the family's dog was asleep underneath a living room couch when the accident occurred. (MassLive).
The homeowners were visibly upset after the crash. (MassLive).
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -
Tire tracks on the pavement and through the front yard lead up to the spot where a Ford truck slammed into a Springfield home on Monday afternoon on Gillette Avenue.
Homeowner Kate Welch and her husband Brian were comforted by family and friends as they examined the damage that was left behind.
Kate Welch's father, Gerry Moreau, was the first to arrive on scene.
"It was a pickup truck that went through the picture window at the front of the house, through the entire house and exited through the wall in the back of the house, across the deck and about 30 feet into the backyard," said Moreau.
Police said the driver behind the wheel was an 85-year-old man. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he's expected to be OK. Springfield police said he told them his accelerator got stuck, propelling the vehicle into the house.
The Welch's daughter, Lauren Welch, said she was shocked when she heard what happened.
"You wouldn't ever think that something like that would happen. It's like something in the movies," said Lauren Welch.
Heirlooms and priceless momentums sat under a pile of rubble in the family's living room.
Their pet English Springer Spaniel, Henry, was killed in the accident.
"He was an amazing addition to the family," said Lauren Welch.
This is not the first time the family has been through this type of ordeal.
Their home along with their entire neighborhood was damaged during the June 2011 tornado.
Now neighbors who the Welchs leaned on back then are once again helping them pick up the pieces.
"They are unbelievable. They have helped pick up every valuable," said Moreau.
"Everyone went through the tornado we were all helping each other now there's this, but everyone is being so helpful," said Lauren Welch.
No one was home at the time of the accident.
Family and friends have set up a GoFundMe account for donations to help the Welchs get back on their feet.
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