Lumber truck flies off runaway truck ramp, crashes into home in Lake Tahoe-area neighborhood

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — A truck hauling lumber on a Nevada highway raced up a runaway truck ramp, flew into the air and crashed into a house in an upscale neighborhood near Lake Tahoe.

Fire officials say the truck burst into flames and set the house on fire but a 19-year-old woman inside the living room at the time escaped unharmed.

North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown says the house will have to be shored up before officials can reach the driver. He is believed to be dead inside the cab.

The truck was heading down the Mount Rose Highway when the accident occurred early Friday morning.

The home's owner, Damon Ewasko, says a similar accident involving a gravel truck occurred in the late 1990s before he bought the house, but it did not cause as much damage.


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,