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Big rig crashes into living room

Bethany, N.Y. --- The intersection is known by locals as Suicide Corner for its decades long reputation for bad crashes and fatal accidents. The Douglas family has lived at the old home that sits on the corner of U.S. route 20 and East Road in the Town of Bethany for more than thirty years and theyve seen many of these crashes up close.

But the intersection was not a factor when a tractor trailer smashed into the Douglas home just after 3 a.m. Tuesday.  At least thats not how the Douglas family sees it.

"Nothing to do with the intersection. It was just snow in the road, speed, unloaded trailer and it happened, said Tom Douglas.  "He was coming down, heading east came over the crest of the hill and got in some heavy snow, that snow turtle that gone out there, (and) jack-knifed.

Douglas believes snow drifts that ended up covering part of the roadway led to the rigs driver losing control.  The driver was able to walk away from the crash without any injuries and the Douglas say he was apologetic at the scene.

"It could've happened anywhere it really has nothing to do with the intersection, added Debbie Douglas.

In recent years the intersection was the focus of many community discussions.  The Douglas family pushed for safety improvements but then found themselves, literally, in the middle of a state Department of Transportation proposal to build a roundabout intersection at that site.  The proposal wouldve meant the state taking the family property through Eminent Domain proceedings.

The project was scraped in October 2013 after pushback from the family as well as local and state leaders.

"They're like well unless someone jumps up and down and says we want a roundabout we're not doing it and that's how we found out, recalled Debbie Douglas.  I just busted out crying, I was so happy.

The damage caused by Tuesday mornings wreck should be covered by the insurance company for that trucking company, according to the Douglas.  They told 13WHAM News that despite the work and re-model that will have to take place, they are just happy nobody was seriously hurt.

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