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Cement truck hits Rochester house

Cement truck hits Rochester house

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ROCHESTER - A woman sitting in the living room of her Rochester home early Tuesday morning was taken to the hospital after a cement truck drove into the house, according to the Racine County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Mattke said the cement truck was traveling northbound on Highway J (S. Rochester Street) at 6:58 a.m. when it went off the roadway and struck the house at 304 S. Rochester St.

The truck driver for Super Mix of Wisconsin told deputies he was negotiating a right curve in the roadway when he believes the left front tire of the truck blew. The driver was unable to control the cement truck and it swerved off the road and sideswiped the front of the house.

The front of the house sustained extensive damage. Reports said there is heavy structural damage to the lower level of the house.

Sheila Counard, the homeowner, was taken to the Memorial Hospital of Burlington as a precaution, according to her boyfriend Wally Laux. Deputies said Counard and none of the other people in the home were injured.

"I woke up to a big crash and the house shaking when a cement truck kind of rolled through the house," Laux said. "No one really got hurt too bad. That's the good thing. Just a lot of damage."

Mattke said the driver of the cement truck suffered a minor injury to his eye from debris.

The crash is still under investigation by the Racine County Sheriff's Department. They were assisted at the scene by State Patrol inspectors and the Rochester Fire Department.


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