Runaway trash truck hits house


A large commercial trash truck carrying three workers yesterday careened down a hill and off the road, flipping onto its side after crashing into an Ellicott City home.

Two people were taken to Howard County General Hospital with minor injuries.

The third did not request treatment.

No one was in the house in the 4600 block of Tall Maple Court at the time of the crash, which happened about 2 p.m.

The crash caused between $150,000 and $200,000 in damages to the house, said Bill Mould, a spokesman for Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

Mould said the left front of the house - mainly the living room and basement - sustained most of the damage.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, he said.

The crash also caused a minor natural gas leak at the house, he said. Firefighters turned off the gas and a crew from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. turned off electricity service, Mould said.

Clay Perry, a spokesman for Constellation Energy Group Inc., the parent of BGE, said the power shut-off affected five other homes on the block. Power was expected to be returned yesterday evening, he said.

Mould said that a county building inspector determined that the house, which is at the end of a cul de sac, was uninhabitable.

The residents - a married couple and their two daughters - will have to find another place to live until repairs are made, he said.

"They're going to be displaced for a long time," Mould said.

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