AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – What started as a simple tree removal ended with the removal of a tree service truck off of a house in Austintown.
Neighbors who live on Laurie Drive said they had never seen anything like it — a truck standing almost vertical off the ground.
One neighbor said it’s usually a quiet neighborhood, until this truck fell on the house.
“I was stunned. I never saw anything like this in my life,” said Kathleen Higham.
A crowd gathered around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to watch two cranes remove the truck from the garage.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve seen it on YouTube but it’s interesting,” said another neighbor, Ed Price.
For the past 20 years, Higham has ridden her bike every day down this street. She said she would always see the man who lives in the house.
“Every time I come around this loop, this elderly gentleman is on his porch and he waves to me and I wave back,” she said. “I came this morning, I see this truck up in the air.”
The truck was cutting down a tree when a strong gust of wind caught a tree branch. The branch fell backward onto the truck, which then fell onto the garage.
“It was like a crashing noise but I can’t imagine what a crashing noise would be around here,” said neighbor Nadine Roman.
Roman lives next to the house. Since about 10:30 a.m., she was not allowed to go inside her home.
“I’ve haven’t been allowed in my house all day and I snuck in to get my dog,” she said.
The truck was finally removed just before 6:30 p.m., and even though it took all day, it was to make sure nothing else went wrong.
“You can tell these guys are true professionals, the way they’re handling this, nice and slow and safe,” Price said.
Everyone was happy to hear that the man who lives inside the house was safe.
“I’m glad he’s alright. The way it fell, it didn’t fall in the living room or anything, where he was,” Roman said.
“Well, you can bet I’m going to ride up his drive when I see him. It’s not just going to be a wave, give him a big hug maybe,” Higham said.
The man who lives at the house is currently staying with his son and daughter-in-law.
No injuries were reported.