Truck driver collapses, rams Crown Point garage
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent June 17, 2014 6:18PM
Kent Swinehart makes a phone call while assessing the damage to his mother's garage. A vehicle veered off the road after the driver reportedly had a medical condition and hit the garage of Phyllis Swinehart, at 105th and Noble in Crown Point. | Karen Caffarini~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 19, 2014 6:28AM
CROWN POINT — Phyllis Swinehart’s garage was damaged just minutes after she left her house for a hair appointment Tuesday when a driver apparently suffered a medical condition and rammed into her home.
The driver, whose name was not known at press time, was talking to a passenger in the truck near 105th Avenue and Noble Street about 2 p.m. when he suddenly slumped over onto the passenger, Crown Point Assistant Fire Chief Gerard Abraham said.
“The next thing the passenger knew, they were in the garage,” Abraham said.
He said medics took the driver to the hospital.
“He’s OK,” the passenger, Tom Bell Jr. of Valparaiso, said about the driver. “We’re both alive.”
The two men are co-workers at Outdoor Specialists Inc. and were on their way to a job site when the accident occurred, Bell said.
Bell said he’s worked with the driver for about seven months and never saw him have a medical condition before.
Kent Swinehart, Phyllis Swinehart’s son, said no one was home at the time of the accident.
“My mom had just left that garage,” he said as he assessed the damage.
He said the damage was confined to the garage and utility room.
“I hope that man’s OK. This can be repaired,” Phyllis Swinehart said when she came home and saw the damage.