Lancaster County man describes ‘utterly terrifying’ close call when UPS truck hit house

HOLLAND, Neb. (KLKN) – Zac Barton was with his 3-year-old daughter in his home in rural Lancaster County on Wednesday when a UPS truck came crashing through the playroom.

The two of them were in the playroom just 10 minutes before, picking up toys.

“It’s utterly terrifying to think that I’m in my own house and I’m not even safe,” Barton said.

He said contractors think the entire front portion of the house in Holland, an unincorporated community near Hickman, is going to have to be removed and rebuilt.

Barton said the wall separating the front porch from the playroom has shifted.  He also said the floor has buckled and the door is stuck shut.

“The entire front of the house is peeled off a couple inches, and the shockwave sent cracks around the entire front of the house,” he said.

The contractors also told him the foundation has a crack and is likely going to have to be repaired.

Deputies ticketed the driver, a 37-year-old woman, on suspicion of careless driving and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said she tested under the legal blood alcohol limit.

To top all of this off, Barton said this is not the first time something like this happened.

A couple of years ago, a pickup took out the neighbor’s cars, hit a tree and stopped just feet away from his house.

After this latest scare, his 3-year-old is pretty shaken up.

“She just keeps repeating that she’s sorry about the truck,” Barton said. “And that, that’s really hard to explain to her, that she doesn’t need to be sorry for what happened. But we’re thankful that she’s OK.”

He wants to remind people to be thankful for all the time they have.

“Just be grateful for every moment that you have because crazy things happen,” Barton said. “And it very well could have been the last time.”

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