Shelton family back in Brook Street home struck by trucks

SHELTON — A family is back in their Brook Street home Wednesday, three days after two commercial trucks hit their house.

Firefighters and police responded to a reported motor vehicle accident on July 10 at about noon. When they arrived, they found two trucks from the neighboring seafood business, Szabo’s Seafood at 615 Howe Ave., had struck the house and the minivan parked in the street.

There were six children in the house at the time, and Fire Marshal James Tortora said no one was injured.

“The kids were all in a daze,” said Carol Pulliam, a registered nurse who has owned the house for about a year.

Pulliam said the house will need extensive repairs; at which time she will find other lodging for the family.

“The driver lost his brakes on a truck which struck another truck he owns which in turn caused both to roll down Brook Street, striking a utility pole, causing it to break at its base, and then strike a house and a car,” Tortora said about the accident.

Assistant Chief Mike Plavcan said the driver of the commercial truck was able to self extricate prior to fire department arrival and did not report any injuries.

“Firefighters secured all vehicles involved, removed all hazards (propane and gasoline tanks on board the food truck) and checked the residence for injuries and structural integrity,” Plavcan said.

Plavcan said there was extensive damage to all vehicles, the front porch of the residence, and a utility pole. The fire department stayed on scene for some five hours as United Illuminating arrived to replace the utility pole.