Truck vs. house in Pekin creates scary scene PDF Print E-mail
A medical emergency was the apparent cause of an accident that took place Tuesday morning in Pekin. 

A white Dodge truck driven by Monte Moffatt, 45, Orleans, was traveling East on Highway 60 when he went off the road and crashed into the house of Ronnie and Mary Nicholson.

Pekin Town Marshall Jeff Thomas said Moffatt had some sort of medical emergency and was unconscious when he hit the house. 

Moffatt was wearing his seatbelt.

“The fact that he was unconscious probably helped him because if he would have been awake and alert and stiffened up it would have been a lot worse,” Thomas said.

The Nicholsons were in the room just above where the contact took place watching television with their great-grandkids.

Thomas said Mary thought something in the basement exploded and Ronnie realized immediately someone had hit the house.

As expected Thomas said all involved were pretty shaken up.

No one was injured at the Nicholson home and Moffatt was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Salem and was treated and released.

The accident took place at 8:30 a.m., but the truck was not removed until 3:30 because of the structural damage that was done to the house.

In addition to the house and the Dodge truck, Thomas said there was also substantial damage done to a parked vehicle in the driveway at the time of the collision.

Thomas was aided on the scene by Washington County First Responders and EMS as well as the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.