TEMPLETON, Mass. — A nap turned into a real nightmare for a woman in Templeton when she woke up to a pickup truck flying past her face.
The homeowner was napping on a couch and without notice, was rocked out of a deep sleep by a pickup truck that came crashing through one side of the home and out the other, missing her head by just about six inches.
"I heard a loud bang and I woke up and saw the truck in my living room," said Tracy Samuels. "Six inches to the left, six inches to the right could’ve taken me out completely."
"I was like, 'Oh my God," she said.
Tracy Samuels clung to her couch as the truck bulldozed through the wall closest to her head and barreled by, bringing down everything in its path.
"It came fully out the other side. It pulled the whole wall with it. Everything that was there, the Christmas tree presents, right out through the other wall," Samuels said.
After witnessing the crash that wiped out the first floor of her home, Samuels sprang onto her feet and stumbled upon the driver – whose truck was stopped by a parked car outside.
"He saw me and was like, 'Oh my God, are you okay?' I’m like, 'I’m fine. Are you okay?' At that point I didn’t think it had set in, of what really happened," she said.
The driver was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Investigators still aren’t sure what caused him to lose control, and at this time, no charges have been filed.
Seeing a pillow she had been sleeping with, swept up and sitting outside after the impact, brought it all home.
Tracy Samuels, who works as a bus driver, was just trying to get a nap in, in between routes. She now realizes that it could’ve been her last.
"I’m counting my lucky stars and thanking God we’re all still alive. Right now the only thing that matters is family," she said.
Her husband, Jason Samuels, is also grateful.
“I’m amazed is a better way to put it. There’s not a scratch on her. Thanks God," he said.
Jason Samuels rushed back from work to a home he barely recognizes. But for this Christmas, the family is just glad to have each other.
“Christmas is a day is a day for family and that’s what I have, I have my family," Tracy Samuels said.
The Samuels’ 20-year-old son was also home at the time, on the second floor in his bedroom, when the truck came crashing through. The stairs leading down to the living room where his mom was napping no longer exist.
The family is now staying at a hotel in Gardner and they’re planning on being there for a while, since their home has been temporarily condemned.
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