Police search for driver after truck smashes into house
POLICE have warned a man who ran away after the stolen truck carrying an excavator he was driving slammed into a house in Kingswood overnight, not to make police track him down.
St Marys duty officer Inspector Branko Kubecka said the flatbed truck with the earthmoving machine was stolen about 6am Tuesday morning from Mount Pritchard before ploughing into the house after midnight.
"If you've done this come forward. You're probably better off coming forward and telling your side of the story than police having to track you down."
Neighbour Kevin said he was in bed when it happened but went out to investigate.
"I woke up to what I thought was thunder and quickly realised that's not thunder," he said.
"I put on some shoes, grabbed a coat, grabbed a torch and come running out.
"First thing I saw was a truck embedded in that unit over there.
"So I race to the truck to see if they was anybody trapped in it. They were gone.
"There was a lot of blood on the ground and at that stage some bricks on the second floor started to fall so I moved out of the way from that.
"I then came out on the foot path ... there was a grey car on that I'd say that lives 30 metres up the road that was hit by the truck and dragged down. So I went to (the car) with the torch to try and see if there was anybody in it.
" ... We had powerlines down, we had gas leaks, we had diesel.
"I was just saying to people I love it here ... it's quiet and look what happens."
Inspector Kubecka said the man was described as a man dressed probably in dark clothing.
"We believe there was on one person in the car at the time," he said.
"The heavy vehicle has been towed and held for scientific and forensic examination."
Inspector Kubecka said the truck was stolen about 6.15am on Tuesday morning from a Mount "It's a retail premises ... on Cabramatta Rd west."
He said that for an unknown reason the driver lost control of the truck then collided with a car.
"(It) dragged that along about 30 odd metres and then continued and basically collided with a bit of roadside furniture, a few signs, a telegraph pole and came to rest in front of the dwelling.
Police had said the truck mounted the curb before hitting the parked car while driving west on the Western Highway between about 12.30am and 12.45am.
"From what I have seen (the damage to the house), it's fairly serious, the insurance condemned the building ... all I can tell you at this stage is that it is off limits to anybody," Inspector Kubecka said.
"It's been propped and boarded off, so there is no public access because it is unsafe at the moment.
"(There were no people in the house) so very lucky in that regard, at 12.30 in the morning, you would expect people to be home at that hour and to not have two people at home is probably a God-send for them and us.
Inspector Kubecka said the two storey building was actually two homes.
Police are looking for witnesses to both the theft and the crash.
The police dog squad was called in after the driver fled the scene.
If you have information you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
Originally published as: Truck smashes into Kingswood house and police search for driver