Truck crashes into home; neighbors say stop sign isn't visible

Posted at: 07/22/2014 8:25 AM
Updated at: 07/22/2014 12:54 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com



A truck lost control coming around the corner at Indian School and Chelwood Park and crashed into a home late Monday. Neighbors say it's not the first time and they're concerned about the safety of the intersection.

Police said no one was in the home at the time of the crash, but neighbors claimed the homeowners were in the den.

After the incident, the driver of the Go Green Pest Solutions vehicle tried to walk off but a neighbor reportedly followed him.

Another neighbor said the same home had been hit once before and there have been two other homes hit by vehicles over the last couple of years. He thinks drivers may have trouble seeing the stop sign at Indian School and Chelwood Park, and he wants the city to check it out.

"It's kind of scary. I live down the street here. I always worry about my kids, my grandkids playing out in the backyard. It's crazy," Larry Moya said.

Albuquerque police said the driver showed "significant signs of intoxication." Officers reported finding an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle.

"The stop signs at Chelwood and Indian School are clearly visible and the road is in usable, safe condition," Sgt. Ferris Simmons said.

But Go Green Pest Solutions released a statement to KOB about the crash, blaming the roads for the incident.

"The driver of the vehicle struck a bump or pothole in the road and attempted to correct but was unable and his vehicle veered towards the home striking the wall," Jordan Earl, owner of Go Green, wrote to KOB. "The driver of the vehicle suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. He is safe and secure. The company is very grateful that nobody else was injured in the accident. The driver had not had one drop of alcohol.  The poor maintenance and road conditions as well as the bad visibility of a stop sign in the area contributed to the accident."