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Two students inside home asleep when SCDOT truck crashes through living room

Published: Sep. 20, 2016 at 3:36 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2016 at 10:44 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A S.C. Department of Transportation driver has been cited for running a red light after his truck crashed into a home Tuesday morning.

According to CFD spokesman Brick Lewis, the truck went into a home on Rosewood and South Ott streets near Rosewood Elementary School just before noon Tuesday.

As a result of the accident, S. Ott Street was closed for about an hour.

Columbia Police are still investigating, but said surveillance video shows the truck driver ran a red light, hit a car and then ran into the home.

The homeowners are both students at the University of South Carolina and were inside sleeping when this all happened. They were not injured, but as you can imagine, the young men were shaken up.

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"It's really lucky that we weren't hanging out in here," student Beaty Hughes said. "We usually do come in here eating lunch. My room is in the back of the house, probably closest to the living room and then his room is his next door over. Just coming out of my room, I noticed the smell and the smoke, you can smell the oil and gasoline. There was just rubble everywhere."

The driver of the car who was also hit said he is OK. He was on the way to class at USC when the crash happened.

"My first thought was that our car was on fire, so I just wanted to get out as quickly as we could," said Stewart Schrieffer, whose car was hit by the truck. "I have some professors I need to e-mail, a boss I need to e-mail, but mostly I just feel blessed."

SCDOT officials say the incident will be reviewed after CPD completes its investigation. Right now, DOT is not reporting a change in the employee's status with the state agency.

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