Cold Weather Keeps One Truck Accident From Being All Too Serious

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Dec 15, 2010

A 78-year-old widower from East Nashville decided it was too cold to spend the afternoon in his favorite chair in the glass sunroom attached to his house. At least this once, the uncharacteristic cold in our region turned out to be a lifesaver -- it saved the man from a potentially serious car accident.

The spate of chilly weather meant that the elderly gentleman was taking a bit of rest in his bedroom when a Pontiac sedan, shoved off the road by the distracted driver of a Public Works truck, slammed through the sunroom. It came to a rest just in front of the man's favorite, well-worn chair.

Luckily, the driver of the Pontiac wasn't seriously injured in the trucking accident. The 52-year-old woman was taken to the hospital but appeared to have only minor injuries, according to Metro Police. No one else was injured in the accident.

The man and his daughter were relaxing until they heard the "boom" of the car careening into the sunroom, which was his late wife's favorite room. She died in April of cancer, after a 45-year marriage.

He plans to repair the sun porch because he knows what his wife would say if he decided not to. "She'd be having a fit," he said.

Several relatives have come by to survey the damage caused by the trucking accident and the Pontiac in the sunroom, including the man's 5-year-old great-granddaughter. She apparently knew what her great-grandmother would have thought, too.

"By the time it gets to be Christmas, this house has got to be clean," she said.

Source: The Tennessean, "East Nashville accident sends car into home's sunroom," Erin Quinn, December 15, 2010

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