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Family shaken after truck hits their home, bursts into flame

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Police say weather was a factor when a truck with a plow attached crashed into a Waterloo home around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.

"It was like a giant rock," says Janeen Young. Her bedroom is right next to the porch where the truck hit. 

Police say 54-year-old Russell Heiple of Waterloo was driving the truck.

"I got up and looked out the door, and all I could see was headlights," says Cheryl Burk. She also lives in the home.

The truck caught fire.

There were six people in the house. Some ran outside to the backyard, others grabbed a fire extinguisher.

The extinguisher didn't work.

"Fear didn't set in until I saw the flames coming out of the grill of the truck," says Burk.

Thankfully, Waterloo Fire and Rescue arrived shortly after to control the fire.

The truck is melted inside from the fire.

Young is a little disturbed.

"I just feel like if I go back to sleep, a car is going to hit me, but the window this time -- not the porch," she said.

They're scared, but feel lucky.

"We've been through a lot together," she said. "Something traumatic happens, but we get over it. We laugh it off. Nobody was hurt, so we're good to go."

According to the family, the truck driver was treated and released from Covenant.
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