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Residents upset after tractor trailer hits part of a house

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, dwayne.parker@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 09 2013 09:30:11 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 10 2013 09:10:40 AM CDT

Residents upset after tractor trailer hits part of a house

CENTER TWP., Pa. -

A house got whacked by a tractor trailer, again, and it has neighbors boiling over with frustration.

"I just wish somebody would stop these trucks from coming up here. Please," begged Salvatore DeGenova.

Over the past three weeks, DeGenova said three tractor trailers have crashed into the side of his home in the 400 block of Bellemans Church Road in Centre Township.

This most recent accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, waking DeGenova out of his sleep.

"Ninety percent of the time when these trucks hit, it's a hit and run and I got to chase these guys down at 2:00 in the morning, and they have their trailer torn apart and they're driving down the street," DeGenova said.

Neighbors complain that the curve is a "death trap" and is just too difficult for tractor trailers to manage.

"This curve is dangerous," said Desirae Ransom, whose home sits near the sharp curve of the street.

The outer wall of Ransom's home has been damaged several times due to car accidents.

Now, Ransom is asking that the speed limit on the road be lowered and a protective wall be put up to prevent any more vehicles from crashing into her home.

"It's terrifying. We have kids," Ransom said. "I mean, it's our home."

Meanwhile, DeGenova is hoping, as he gets to work on repairs to his home, that it is not hit by another tractor, again.

"This has been going on for seven years. I've gone to the township about it, and we've gone to Harrisburg, and the only thing they've done over 11 years is put up some road signs to say, look there's a curve," DeGenova said. "I just wish somebody would stop these trucks from coming up here. Please."

69 News reached out to PennDOT on Wednesday. Officials said they don't have any complaints on record and are urging residents with concerns to contact their offices immediately.