SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – An SUV plowed into a Springfield home Thursday evening making it the third time that a vehicle has crashed into the same home.
The accident occurred around 10:30 pm near the intersection of Pleasant Hill Dr and 5th Ave not far from downtown Springfield. MAP
The homeowner, 85-year-old Martha Ralph, wasn’t home this evening but back in May, she told Smokey Barn News that, first, some years ago, a motorcycle crashed into her home. Then, back in May of this year, a pickup landed in her living room. The truck landed just feet from where Martha was sleeping. Thankfully she was not injured. Now an SUV has crashed into her home.
The reason for the home’s popularity with vehicles is somewhat obvious, it sits in a sharp curve on Pleasant Hill Dr. Drivers are faced with a choice, turn or continue straight and crash into Martha’s home.
Fortunately, no one was inured in the crash this evening and the vehicle did not penetrate the living area of the home as it did in May, however, the driver of the SUV was taken into custody by Springfield Police following a field sobriety test.
Martha Ralph wasn’t home at the time of the accident this evening. She learned about the crash from a voicemail from Springfield Police. Neighbors told Smokey Barn News that repairs from the crash back in May had just been completed.
Smokey Barn News was there back in May when the pickup crashed into the home, we have added our full report for you below.
The Springfield Fire Department, Robertson County EMS, and the Springfield Police Department all responded to the scene.
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Truck Plows Into Home Inches From Sleeping 85-year-old Woman
SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – It’s not too often that you can say that the arrangement of your furniture saved your life but it was a fact for a Springfield woman who was asleep on the couch when a pickup truck crashed into her living room window early Friday.
85-year-old Martha Ralph of Springfield was sound asleep when the pickup truck crashed into her home sending wood, brick, and glass exploding into her living room. The only part of the room unaffected was the couch where she was sleeping.
The accident occurred just after midnight near the intersection of Pleasant Hill Dr and 5th Ave not far from downtown Springfield. MAP
Ms. Ralph said she has lived in the home since 1960 and other than a motorcycle crashing into her home some time ago, this was the only other vehicle that tried to park in her living room.
Ms. Ralph did get a small cut on her leg in the ordeal but she got that trying to navigate over the carnage after the crash.
Neighbors from next door and across the street heard the crash and leaped into action coming to Ms. Ralph’s aid, all of them relieved that she was uninjured. Ms. Ralph said, “Thank the Lord that I’m here, it just wasn’t my time to go.”
Neighbor Scott Murphy told Smokey Barn News that he was in his back yard and heard what sounded like a race vehicle coming down the street followed by rubber squealing and a big boom. Tire marks on the street confirm Murphy’s account.