2 Girls Injured When Truck Rig Slams Into Bedroom

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) - Two girls were injured, one critically, when a tractor-trailer slammed into their mobile home bedroom and sheared it off early Friday, authorities said.

Douglas County sheriff's Capt. Keith Logan said the girls were asleep when the rig drove off U.S. Highway 395 at about 5 a.m. and plowed into the Holbrook Station Mobile Home Park, 20 miles south of Gardnerville.

The tractor-trailer hit the back end of the trailer closest to the highway, went through an adjacent lot and came to rest after striking a vacant trailer in the park, Logan said.

"The master bedroom at the end of the mobile home was totally taken off," East Fork Deputy Fire Chief Bobby Wartgow told Gardnerville's Record-Courier. "The fact we don't have two fatalities is amazing."

Witnesses said a 12-year-old girl was seen getting up from under the truck a short time after the accident, but it took about 30 minutes to find the 16-year-old girl amid the wreckage.

"They searched feverishly to find her and one of our deputies had to dig her out of the debris where she had been pinned," Logan said. "She was still talking, but had multiple-point trauma. Give or take a few feet, it could have been a whole lot worse."

The older girl was taken to a Reno hospital, where she was listed in critical condition, said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper James Farmer.

"We found her kind of on the saddle tanks on the big rig," Wartgow said.

The trucker, who was taken to the same hospital with unspecified injuries, told authorities he fell asleep at the wheel, Wartgow said.

"We don't suspect alcohol and drugs at this point."

The 12-year-old girl was treated at a Gardnerville-area hospital for a head cut and foot injury.

Their names were not immediately released.

Mark Adams, 42, who lives next door to the girls, said they were living with two adult sisters and a man. They had moved from Sacramento, Calif., to the trailer park a month ago.

"They are really nice," said Adams. "They were just talking yesterday about being afraid of trucks coming down off the highway into their house.

"I told them a kid in a pickup tyruck had run into my yard last winter. It's happened more than once, and we keep saying we need a guardrail on the road," he added.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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