Truck hits building, bursts into flames

Published On: Dec 18 2012 01:22:26 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 18 2012 08:23:49 PM EST

A witness who saw a truck slam into a building near the Florida Turnpike says he pulled the driver from the flaming wreckage.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -

The driver of a pickup truck veered off the Florida Turnpike and slammed into a building, catching the vehicle and the home on fire, said Hollywood Fire Rescue.

It happened in the 4700 block of Northwest 24th Court in Hollywood about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"The house was shaking and the noise was so loud," said Raymonde Nelson, who was asleep when the truck crashed. "I thought it was an earthquake."

"Then I hear something. 'Boom!' On the side of the house," said Marvin Cadet. "I just run outside and then I see the car (had) just come from the Turnpike, hit the fence, then hit the wall."

The Florida Highway Patrol said Tad Thomas made a wrong turn while driving northbound on the Florida Turnpike, ran through a fence, hit two cars, and then slammed into the building.

"I heard a big boom," said Evan Hanna.

Hanna said he pulled Thomas out of the burning cab.

"The door wouldn't open so I pulled him through the window and drove him to the side, far away from the car, before it was fully engulfed in flames," said Hanna. "He was trying to fight me. He didn't know what was going on."

Thomas was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in serious condition.