Chatting on Facebook in her basement, girl gets hit by a truck

Aug 29 2012 - 6:30am

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(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Eliza Haynie is comforted by her grandmother, Peggy Rosdahl, at the home of a family friend on Tuesday in Layton.
(Courtesy photo) A truck sits inside a Layton home on Monday.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) John Hill talks Tuesday about the scene where a truck crashed through the wall of the room and hitting Eliza Haynie in Layton.
(Loretta Park/ Standard-Examiner) Austin Haynie cleans up debris Tuesday left by a truck that smashed into Haynie's home Monday night.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Boards conceal a hole in the wall of a home Tuesday after a truck crashed through the wall and hit Eliza Haynie in Layton.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Eliza Haynie rests at the home of a family friend Tuesday in Layton.
(Courtesy photo) AMS Towing removes a truck from the side of a Layton home on Monday.
(Courtesy photo) Emergency workers look at the damage caused by a truck going through the side of a Layton home on Monday.
(Courtesy photo) A truck sits on a tow truck bed after being removed from the side of a Layton home on Monday.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Eliza Haynie is comforted by her grandmother, Peggy Rosdahl, at the home of a family friend on Tuesday in Layton.
(Courtesy photo) A truck sits inside a Layton home on Monday.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) John Hill talks Tuesday about the scene where a truck crashed through the wall of the room and hitting Eliza Haynie in Layton.
(Loretta Park/ Standard-Examiner) Austin Haynie cleans up debris Tuesday left by a truck that smashed into Haynie's home Monday night.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Boards conceal a hole in the wall of a home Tuesday after a truck crashed through the wall and hit Eliza Haynie in Layton.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Eliza Haynie rests at the home of a family friend Tuesday in Layton.
(Courtesy photo) AMS Towing removes a truck from the side of a Layton home on Monday.
(Courtesy photo) Emergency workers look at the damage caused by a truck going through the side of a Layton home on Monday.
(Courtesy photo) A truck sits on a tow truck bed after being removed from the side of a Layton home on Monday.

LAYTON -- After a truck had crashed into her home, a Northridge High School sophomore labeled her brother a hero for pulling her out of the resulting debris.

Eliza Haynie, 14, said she was in the family's basement computer/guest room, chatting on Facebook on Monday night when, "everything came in on me. It was the loudest sound I've ever heard."

A truck driven by a 20-year-old Layton man had crossed several lawns on her street before it hit the south side of the home at 1591 N. 160 West in Layton, missing the gas line by mere inches, at 10:45 p.m.

"Just a few more inches this way and the house would have exploded," said Eliza's grandfather, Walt Rosdahl, of Smithfield, as he pointed to the boarded-up wall and gas line Tuesday morning.

The truck crashed into the wall, pushing the air-conditioning unit into the room, and slamming into Eliza, who remained in her chair under the computer desk with the truck on top of the desk.

Eliza remembers the computer's monitor hitting her in the face, and then she began screaming for help.

Her 18-year-old brother, Austin Haynie, was just coming down the stairs to tell Eliza good night when he saw the wall, the computer and the AC unit followed by a truck.

"It was like a game of peek-a-boo, where people jump out at you -- but instead it was with a truck and the AC," Austin Haynie said.

He yelled to their mom, Sandy Rosdahl, who was in her upstairs bedroom, to get out of the house.

Then he ran into the computer room, jumped over the mangled AC unit that blocked the door, and over the truck's cab that was in the middle of the room, to get to Eliza.

"Only my head was free," said Eliza, who played on Northridge High School's varsity girls basketball team as a ninth-grader. "My brother kicked out the (basement) window, lifted up the truck and then the desk, and then lifted me up and pushed me out the window. I don't know how he did it. I knew he was strong, but that was Superman strong. It was like I weighed 2 ounces to him. He's my hero."

Austin credits the training he received as an Army reservist for keeping him calm and focused on what needed to be done.

Austin had just returned from a monthlong training exercise.

"He's the man," Sandy Rosdahl said about her son.

Eliza was taken to a local hospital and treated for a concussion. She was released Tuesday morning.

"I just have this killer headache now and a lot of bruises," said Eliza, who was staying at a friend's house Tuesday to recuperate.

The damages to the house, from the foundation to the attic, were severe enough that city officials turned off the gas, power and water.

Friends and family arrived at the home Tuesday to help with the cleanup and to lend support, which included Popsicles for those working.

Jordan Hill, of Camas, Wash., was staying with the Rosdahls and Haynies before he enters the LDS Mission Training Center in Provo this week. He and his parents were visiting friends in Syracuse on Monday night when they got the call about the accident.

"I was supposed to be sleeping in that room," Hill said as he stood in the middle of the room surveying the concrete chunks, exposed electrical lines, shredded drywall and shards of glass.

Sandy Rosdahl and her parents were trying to understand how a truck could hit her home, which is not on a busy street or even on the corner.

"It's in the middle of the street," said Sandy Rosdahl, who had returned home Sunday after completing the Portland to Coast Relay for the American Cancer Society.

Layton Police Lt. Garret Atkin said officers are still investigating why the truck driver lost control of his truck.

He was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. Police did find paraphernalia in the truck but do not know if the driver was impaired or drowsy.

Police are not releasing the name of the driver until the investigation is over and charges are filed.


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