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July 3, 2013

Early morning surprise for rural resident

OKLAHOMA CITY — GLENCOE — Patrick Mcelreath got a rude awakening as he got out of the shower Wednesday morning. Mcelreath said he heard the sound of a collision outside his home.

“I thought, ‘Oh great, I’m going to have to peel someone out of a car,’” he said.

But shortly thereafter, the sound got louder.

“I heard the skid and the crashing and before I could get completely through that door, the truck had hit (the living room) and I looked out and watched him finish going through and it shifted the whole trailer off to the side. It was like an earthquake.”

The wreck occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday four miles north of Glencoe. He said a pickup struck his mobile home, knocking it 6 to 8 feet off its foundation.

The living room was dismantled, damaging furniture and utility pipes. An uprooted fence post landed on the roof and the mobile home’s front porch was tilted upward.

Mcelreath said there was approximately three minutes difference from when he got out of the shower to when he was in the living room.

“In three minutes, I would have been sitting on the couch right there watching the news,” Mcelreath said.

As for the drivers of the pickup, Mcelreath said they appeared to be fine after the wreck.

According to Mcelreath, another vehicle struck the pickup from behind, causing it to leave the roadway, crash through his fence and strike his home.

“I’m a pretty lucky boy, I’ll tell you that” Mcelreath said. “My bird and Chihuahua were both in the room (that got hit).”

Neither pet was injured, Mcelreath said.

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