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Car slides off road into house

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Story by Nick Austin
Eyewitness News Meteorologist

SODDY-DAISY, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) - Slippery roads Thursday morning due to wintry weather gave a Soddy-Daisy family an unusual wake-up call and made one man vow never to drive in icy conditions again.

George Debrow of Soddy-Daisy ventured out in his truck early in the morning to see if streets were safe enough for his wife to get to work.  As he traveled over a stretch of Thatcher Road he quickly lost control and took a turn for the worse.

"From my house to where I wrecked at was fine.  But when I hit the top of the hill, it was a solid sheet of ice," recalls Debrow.

His truck went into a tailspin and he slid at a frightening pace into the driveway of the Rous residence.  Debrow tried to regain control, but the side of his truck slammed into the rear bumper of Michelle Rous' car and then hit the house.

"We ran out," said Michelle's husband, Jimmy.  "The gentleman was obviously shaken up.  We thought he was about to fall down.  We just went out and checked on the car.  Checked on him, made sure he was alright."

No one was hurt and there were no hard feelings, but Debrow said once he hit the ice his truck seemed to have a mind of its own.  "It was like NASCAR," explained Debrow.  "It was coming and I knew it was coming.  It wasn't like an accident and it just all happens at once."

He said Michelle's car saved him from causing worse damage and possibly bodily harm.  "If I hadn't hit her car I would've took their porch out and the garage," said Debrow.  "But on the other side of the porch, she told me, is where her bedroom was and she was in the bed."

He said he learned his lesson and will stay home next time Mother Nature decides to become cold-hearted.  "It won't happen again 'cause I ain't getting out in it no more," proclaimed Debrow.

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