By: Katie Kaplan | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 28, 2019
GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) – One person was injured in a fiery crash Tuesday that left a mobile home in flames.
It happened around the Leon-Gadsden County line in Havana around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Authorities say a 44-year-old Havana woman in a black truck careened off of Highway 27 before hitting two utility poles, crossing a 150-yard field and slamming into the home.
"My first thought, was, 'Oh my God,'" said Stephanie Tarazi, who was driving behind the truck before it crashed.
Tarazi said the vehicle was "a couple of car lengths," in front of her when it jumped the road.
"The vehicle made impact with the trailer and looks like it moved it 15 feet," said Sgt. Thomas Stone of the Florida Highway Patrol
The collision sent both the truck and the mobile home up in flames.
"It was a real shock," homeowner Jerry Poppell said.
Poppel said he was on the 15-minute ride home from work when he started getting phone call after phone call. The flames were already out when he arrived, he said.
"When I got here, this is what I saw," he said, motioning to the burned truck that was still partially inside what had been a spare bedroom. "It's just like a disaster, like a tornado or something had come through."
FHP said the cause of the accident is under investigation, but it appeared the driver did not hit the breaks.
Witnesses say the woman was pulled from the vehicle by good Samaritans before first responders arrived. The woman was transported via ambulance to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare with with minor injuries. No one was inside the home at the time of the crash.
Poppel said this is the second time he has lost belongings to a house fire. He said it had happened before in the 1970s.
"I just don't know what to say," he said. "You just come home and see this and have to pick up the pieces."
Poppell loaded what was left of his home onto the bed of a truck late Tuesday. He said he did not have homeowners insurance. His extended family has created a fundraiser on Facebook to help him get back on his feet. Click here to donate.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 28, 2019
GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Authorities are on the scene of a fiery crash in Gadsden County.
The Florida Highway Patrol says the vehicle was traveling north on US Highway 27 near Rich Bay Road and, for unknown reasons, left the roadway onto the east grass shoulder. The car struck two utility poles before colliding with a mobile home, catching both on fire.
Authorities say the driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital.
The mobile home was unoccupied at the time of the crash.