The homeowner in Templeton was napping on a couch, and without notice was rocked out of a deep sleep by a pickup truck that came crashing through one side of the home and out the other, missing her head by just about 6 inches.
"I heard a loud bang and I woke up and saw the truck in my living room," Tracy Samuels said. "Six inches to the left, 6 inches to the right could've taken me out completely."
"I was like, 'Oh my God,’” she said.
Samuels clung to her couch as the truck bulldozed through the wall closest to her head and barreled by, bringing down everything in its path.
"It came fully out the other side. It pulled the whole wall with it. Everything that was there, the Christmas tree, presents, right out through the other wall," Samuels said.
After witnessing the crash that wiped out the first floor of her home, Samuels sprang onto her feet and stumbled upon the driver -- whose truck was stopped by a parked car outside.
"He saw me and was like, 'Oh my God, are you OK?' I’m like, ‘I’m fine. Are you OK?' At that point I didn’t think it had set in, of what really happened," she said.
The driver was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Investigators still aren’t sure what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, and at this time, no charges have been filed.
Seeing a pillow she had been sleeping with, swept up and sitting outside after the impact, brought it all home.
Samuels, who works as a bus driver, was just trying to get a nap in between routes. She now realizes that it could’ve been her last.
"I’m counting my lucky stars and thanking God we’re all still alive. Right now the only thing that matters is family," she said.
Her husband, Jason Samuels, is also grateful.
“I’m amazed is a better way to put it. There’s not a scratch on her. Thank God," he said.
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