Tractor trailer slams into family's home, injures two

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A tractor trailer runs off the highway and smashes into a family's mobile home, leaving two people injured, including a child.

It happened at the Holiday Mobile Home park off I-95 near Jeff Davis Highway.

NBC12 spoke to one woman who was inside that trailer when the unthinkable happened. Esther You was cooking dinner when her normal night came to a screeching halt.

"It was like boom-like thunder," said You. "I heard screeching too."

State Police say just before 10:00 Friday night, the truck hauling clothes and a forklift ran off the road and smashed into the bedroom where Esther's 50-year-old mother and 12-year-old brother were sleeping.

"I just run to room, opened my mom's bedroom," You said. "My mom's not there and my other brother was not there."

The force threw them outside among all the debris -and crumpled the metal home like tin foil. You's  mom and brother are in the hospital but police say they will survive.

"I can't believe they're alive," said neighbor Barbara Morgan. "I can't believe something ripped off like that and they're still alive."

The tractor-trailer driver, 35-year-old Clayton Ivey, told police he was tired at the time of the wreck.

You's family says this isn't the first time a vehicle has run off the interstate near her home. She says a car plowed through a fence near her home not too long ago.

Barbara Morgan lives two units down from You. Her son's bedroom backs up to I-95.

A guardrail and thin metal fence are the only barriers between these trucks and her home. Barbara, "They need to put up a barrier. This fence and guardrail isn't helping at all.

V-DOT says the guardrail is a sufficient barrier for cars, however, neighbors say they'd still like to see some added protection between their homes and the interstate.

Police charged Clayton Ivey with reckless driving and failure to maintain proper control of a vehicle.

The family will no longer be able to live in their mobile home. Right now the Red Cross is providing them with hotel arrangements.

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