Elderly driver collides with plow, crashes into Shoreham home
An 80-year-old man whose car collided with a plow truck careened into a Shoreham house Wednesday afternoon, Suffolk police said.
Tony Morello, 39, said his wife was home with their 1-year-old son around 2:30 p.m. when the white 2007 Lincoln crashed into a plow truck on Randall Road, went sliding across their front yard, and then slammed into their 16-year-old daughter's room. No one was in the room at the time, Morello said.
No citations were issued, and police said the accident was not due to icing on the road. The elderly driver of the Lincoln was taken to Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson with minor injuries, police said, but no one else was hurt in either crash.
Morello said his house took a big hit. "The wall is probably going to have to get replaced," he said. "It broke a couple of beams in the walls, the Sheetrock, window. I shored up everything the best I could and got a tarp over the front of the house, and now we have to call the insurance company and contractors."
Morello said it's not the first time a motorist has landed on his property. About 25 years ago, Morello said a volunteer firefighter fell asleep at the wheel and "ended up on my front yard."
After that incident, Morello's family placed a boulder at the corner of the property where Randall Road and Bradley Drive meet. The big rock is positioned near a tree and two utility poles, Morello said.
But on Wednesday, "This car went around the rock, around the telephone pole, and into the house," Morello said, adding that his family was still shaken up hours after the crash.
Morello's plan now is "either getting more rocks, or move out of the house."