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Big rig strikes house in Bethany, no injuries reported

A tractor-trailer struck a house in Bethany at 1051 10515 East Road, at the intersection of Route 20. No injuries are reported. "Unknown circumstances." Bethany Fire Department is responding.

UPDATE 3:44 a.m.: Firefighters are on scene. Command confirms the big rig struck the house and now is in the yard "well off the roadway." Road conditions at Suicide Corners are described has having a lot of drifting snow. "We're going to need a plow out here. We've got a large amount of snow covering the whole roadway." The Department of Transportation is notified about the need for plowing. A heavy wrecker is called to pull out the truck and, most likely, tow it away. The house that was hit is the 200-year-old home owned by the Douglas family. Last year, the DOT proposed putting a roundabout at the intesection to reduce the high number of accidents there. It would have required tearing down the house. Ultimately, residents' opposition convinced the DOT to drop the roundabout plans. In DOT studies going back to the 1990s, there have been 36 crashes at the intersection and three fatal accidents.

UPDATE: Last night, a responder estimated the damaged area on the structure to be about 10'X10'.

mark dickes
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the state d.o.t has not been doing a good job keeping the roads clear this year. use to see a plow every 1/2 hour in the past... now maybe one every 4 hrs

Kyle Couchman
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LOL Mark it's been a pretty brutal year. Considering the amounts of snow and the widespread areas it has hit. They have done a pretty good job. Keeping down the costs of overtime and such. We live in a region that can be pretty unpredictable and inconsistent. You have to remember that times when we have a dusting some areas are getting feet of snow.

Since Iive on one of the cross streets right between Main and Ellicott I can tell you they have been pretty good about clearing this year. That includes the state guys as well as county and city.

Greg Bruggman
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The correct house # is 10515 East Rd....just FYI and from the video I just looked at from WHEC....it didn't even look like it hit the house, just got too close for comfort.

barb king
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WHEC must have been at the wrong address. There is damage.

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