A tree trimming crew was in the process of removing two large cottonwoods when their truck upended and crashed through an occupied home. The accident occurred around 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2018 on Doty Island in Menasha, Wisconsin. According to WKOW, the truck operators were removing two trees from outside the home when it tipped. The boom was sent through the garage, across the back yard, and into the boathouse, damaging a boat and jet ski.
Homeowner Stephanie Jones was there at the time of the incident.
“We heard a bang and we saw the crane up against the house and we thought maybe they were trying to overextend,” Jones said. “We didn’t know that it was a huge accident, at first, until we went to the backyard and saw the roof damage.” Christine Correll, a neighbor, relayed a conversation she had with the crane operator. “…he saw his life flash before his eyes because he thought he was going to fly out of the windshield,” Correll said.
Although Jones is upset by the damage, she is grateful that the destruction only affected unoccupied portions of the property. “It could have been another part of the house, so all the toys can be fixed,” she said. The crane company and tree removal service have refused to comment at this time.