DAVENPORT, NY – A woman died Friday morning after a tractor trailer truck crashed into her home in Delaware County, New York. The truck accident happened on State Highway 23 in the town of Davenport. The area is in the central area of upstate New York, 55 miles south of Albany, NY and 128 miles northeast of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Shortly after 5:00 a.m. Friday morning, 61 year old Charles J. Harford of Binghamton, NY was driving a 1995 Freight liner tractor truck east on State Route 23, hauling a trailer loaded with large and heavy concrete forms. The concrete forms are used in construction.
As the truck driver was entering the town of Davenport he lost control of his 18 wheeler as he was attempting to take a left hand curve. The tractor trailer truck went off the highway on the east shoulder and crashed into a single story home and a parked vehicle at 10758 State Route 23.
The truck collision destroyed the front section of the house and the front interior rooms. When the tractor truck smashed into the house the impact loosened the load of concrete forms on the back of the trailer and they fell into the home.
The home owner, 46 year old Rhonda Hitchcock, was asleep when the truck came crashing into the house. She was killed by the falling load of concrete forms, which apparently fell on her. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Ms. Hitchcock was a popular hairdresser whose salon was a short distance from her home.
There were two other people in the house at the time of the truck accident, a woman and a five year old child. Some reports identified them as Ms. Hitchcock’s daughter and a grandchild. Emergency personnel treated the two at the scene and then transported them to an area hospital. There was no information on their conditions but it is believed their injuries are not life threatening.
The truck driver, Mr. Harford, and an unidentified passenger in the truck also sustained injuries in the truck collision and both were treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital. Their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.
The New York State Police out of the Oneonta station were at the scene of the truck accident. The preliminary investigation indicates that the truck driver failed to safely negotiate the sharp left turn on the highway which caused him to lose control of the tractor trailer truck. It is not known if the weather played a part, as it was clear but there was a significant amount of snow on the ground.
According to NY State Police another tractor truck crashed into this same house back in 2000.
Today’s truck accident remains under investigation.
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