UPDATE: Alcohol a Factor in Accident that Almost Caused Semi to Crash into Home

By: Holly Chilsen & Elizabeth Schilder
By: Holly Chilsen & Elizabeth Schilder
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UPDATE: July 6th, 2014 3:30 PM

A 21-year old Plover man has been cited for failing to stop at a stop sign and operating a vehicle while intoxicated after causing a semi to almost crash into a house in Stevens Point.

Sergeant Piotrowski of the Portage County Sheriff's Department tells NewsChannel 7 the man was driving his car east on Center St. when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection with Michigan Ave. A semi truck was traveling north on Michigan Ave and saw the car in the intersection. The driver of the semi veered right to avoid a collision, but hit the car anyway and wound up in the front lawn of a home at 921 Michigan Ave.

Minor injuries were reported. The driver of the car had a sore leg and the driver of the semi reported having a sore back. Neither driver was transported to the hospital.

It took crews more than four and a half hours to get the semi truck out of the front lawn and re-open Michigan Ave. A tree service had to be called in in order to remove a tree pinning the semi in place.

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Some Stevens Point residents are lucky to be okay after a semi-truck came just feet from crashing into their house.

It happened just before 4:30 Sunday morning near the corner of Center Street and Michigan Avenue, close to the Copps Roundy's distribution center.

The accident also involved another vehicle.

A sergeant from the Stevens Point Police Department tells our crew on scene that no one was hurt.

The semi came within 6 to 8 feet of the duplex.

WPS was also called to the scene for a downed power pole.

Witnesses tell us they saw one person being tested for alcohol, but police will not confirm if alcohol was a factor.

The crash is still under investigation.


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