Garbage truck slams into Gilbert home

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: Gilbert Fire & Rescue) (Source: Gilbert Fire & Rescue)
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(Source: Gilbert Fire & Rescue) (Source: Gilbert Fire & Rescue)

Some Gilbert homeowners had a rude awakening after a garbage truck plowed into their home Tuesday morning.

Pictures show the vehicle on the lawn with the cab and front end crumpled against the side of the garage in the area of 3500 E. Elgin St.  

Five people were home at the time. The occupants of the home, a woman and four children, were not hurt.

Homeowner Tiffany Knox describes the crash that rocked her home early this morning.

"It was quite a noise," she said. "It was just, boom. And I looked out the other window and saw a truck...like, in my house."

The impact of the garbage truck tore out stucco, ripped open the garage door, and left debris scattered around the yard. 

The crash also blew out the windshield of the garbage truck. The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was rushed to a local hospital. 

"Just hoping that when the dust settles, everyone is ok," said Knox.

Gilbert police said they are trying to figure out what led up to the crash. Police say they are looking into possible medical issues that may have been to blame.

[Google map: 3500 E. Elgin St.]

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