Vernon and North Okanagan
'There was a truck in my living room'
Oct 21, 2013 / 4:42 pm
An elderly Lumby couple is still visibly shaken after their Sunday afternoon lunch was cut short by a truck barreling through their living room.
Sylvia Fiset had just made her husband Floyd a sandwich as they sat down at the kitchen table.
“We were in the kitchen just having lunch and our daughter and her two foster kids had just pulled into the driveway. Then immediately behind her was this horrible noise - this truck came crashing through the big front window and right into the living room.”
She looked up, ears ringing and there was a truck still running, wheels spinning parked in her living room, 5-feet-away from where they were sitting.
“I really didn’t know what was happening at first, nothing to think really, just this horrible noise, glass splintering and just chaos,” says Sylvia.
“I mean what can you really think? You can’t believe it, you look up and there is a truck coming through your front window.”
The Fiset's explain that within a few seconds everyone sort of realized they needed to take action.
“The truck was still running and smoking against the wall and I was screaming at the driver turn it off! Turn it off! and he was just sitting there,” shared Sylvia.
She called 9-1-1 because she thought the house would catch on fire and emergency personnel told them to get out of the house right away.
“I was only wearing slippers, no coat or anything, and I still haven’t been back inside,” says Sylvia, still wearing the same outfit from yesterday’s ordeal.
Once the driver was safely out of the car and they were all out of the house Sylvia started to lose consciousness, an ambulance was called, her body and mind likely overwhelmed by it all.
Her husband Floyd was shocked by the destruction and how fast everything they had built was gone.
“We had a nice deck and a beautiful front window and ‘pow’ that is all gone, just shattered and destroyed.”
And how did the driver handle the incident?
“He never said anything to us, he never said sorry, he was like a zombie,” shares Floyd about the driver’s reaction.
The truck driver, according to the Fiset's and their neighbour Trina Taggart was from Kelowna on his way to Nakusp to watch his son’s hockey tournament.
Taggart was in her kitchen when she heard the commotion outside.
“I was in the kitchen and I heard boom it was such a loud bang. I ran out and the truck was still shaking and the pole was still shaking,” explains Taggart.
She jumped into action screaming to her neghbours to check they were okay and helping to get the driver out of his truck.
Taggart says the driver told her that he thought something caught his eye and then the next thing he remembered there was a woman (Sylvia) sitting in front of him – and his truck in her living room.
When emergency personnel arrived on the scene police did a breathalyzer and told witnesses there was no alcohol detected (not confirmed by police) but they have not ruled out distracted driving and will be checking the driver's phone for any call or text activity around that time.
While they were all standing around in shock; live wires were cut and sparking all around them.
“Our driveway was under the live wires because he brought the telephone pole with him so the Hydro crew came and said you need to get out of here. They came in with their truck, picked us up and drove us around and out the other side of our house,” shares a visibly upset Syliva.
“If we had been in the living room, we would not be okay, there would have been no time to react or get out of the way. The truck barreled through the couch and the loveseat in the living room where we would have been sitting.”
The Fiset's have contacted their insurance company and hope to be home as soon as possible.
They have checked into a local motel for the next week at least.
Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after the incident and got the Fiset's one night in a hotel and three meals, which they were very grateful for.
“You really can’t understand how it felt unless you were there, we truly couldn’t believe, the whole front of house comes down and is destroyed in the matter of seconds. Everything is shattered, we had years worth of nice stuff in that house and it is all gone,” shared Floyd in disbelief.
The highway was shut down for several hours and power was out for several hours as well.
All the power cables were ripped off my house, all the Internet and phone cables were ripped off the house as well. There was no damage but it was bizarre how they were all just ripped off the house,” shared neighbour Taggart.
Taggart was very pleased with hydro who had power back on within a couple hours, even though they had told her it wouldn’t be until the next day. Her Internet and home phone are still down though, as the cables need to be replaced.
Taggart says it wasn’t dark, wasn’t raining, there were clear skies and sunny weather. She believes a tiny hard to see meridian (pictured on the left) in the centre of the road may have been the culprit.
The cause of the accident is unknown and police are investigating.
Raw video (below) shows the extensive damage to the home.
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