Woman shaken, working to rebuild after a truck crashes into her home

Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 9:33 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2021 at 9:49 PM CST
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BESSEMER, Ala. (WBRC) - Kathleen Smart was home alone Wednesday night when a pickup truck came barreling into her den.

“It scared me so bad. I ran out of the house,” Ms. Smart said.

It was about ten minutes to eight, and dark out.

“The man got out of the truck and he said is anybody hurt, is anybody hurt? I said, ain’t nobody hurt. Ain’t nobody in here but me,” she recalled.

The man who had been driving the truck wasn’t hurt either.

The incident is under investigation, but Ms. Smart is now dealing with some challenges.

Her home in the 500 block of 8th Avenue North in Bessemer, had been built by her grandfather and handed down to her from her mother. But she says she doesn’t have any homeowners insurance.

“There’s a lot of memories in this house and I’d like to keep this house. Any help I can get.”

Ms. Smart says she has spoken with city leaders about grants and assistance and that her family and neighbors have been supportive during this time.

She also mentioned that she has advocated for a guardrail along the curve in front her house for years, saying that the curve is dangerous for both her and drivers.


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