ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A drowsy driver is to blame for taking down a front porch and wrecking three cars.
It happened around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning at the corner of Grandview Terrace and Second Avenue in the south end of Albany.
“I was asleep and heard a loud bang and a crash,” Sebastian Banks, a homeowner, said.
Banks and many of his neighbors woke up startled early Wednesday morning.
“I heard this big boom and a whole bunch of car alarms went off and I just got up and ran outside and saw what happened,” Eric Benbow said.
“My wife opened up the door and she saw the car into the porch and couldn’t open the door so I got dressed real quick and came out and noticed that the cars had been hit and the porch was destroyed,” Banks said.
Albany police say the driver of a Mohawk Dairy Delivery truck fell asleep as he was driving down Second Avenue.
Surveillance video captured the moments he veered off the road. That’s when he slammed into three parked cars, shoving that white one up and over the sidewalk and into the front of number 128.
Banks says his situation could have been even worse because he usually parks his car right out front, but couldn’t find a spot.
Still, he had to break the news to his neighbors.
“This lady here was already out here and the neighbors next door here I went and woke them up and told them what was going on,” Banks said.
As for the drowsy driver, he’s been ticketed for failure to stay in his lane.
Fortunately, no one was hurt but there was certainly a big mess to clean up.
The porch that once stood here is now a pile of wood in the backyard. An engineer will determine if the home itself is structurally sound.
“There’s no gas leak in or anything like that,” Banks said. “The foundation doesn’t look cracked to me but I’ll have a professional come in and assess the damage.”
In the meantime, Banks says he will get some rest.