A Springwood family had a lucky escape after a semi-trailer heading east on the Great Western Highway lost control and crashed into a power pole near Stuart Road about 11.30pm on Monday.
The truck continued down the highway before stopping in the front yard of a block of units, just metres from the front of a house on the corner of the highway and Boland Avenue.
Inspector Peter Balatincz from Springwood Police said the man, woman and child inside the home were not hurt.
In the process a gas main was ruptured and live wires were brought down, so the fire brigade and Endeavour Energy were called to the scene on Monday night and the immediate area was evacuated, Insp Balatincz said.
One of the units’ residents, Tony Gillham, a nurse used to working unusual hours, said he was sleeping at the time of the accident but got up not long after for a cup of tea.
“I went to turn the lights on and there was no lights, no power, and I saw people walking around with torches,” he said.
“I couldn’t really sleep then.”
On Tuesday a salvage operation began at 9.30am to remove the truck and tow it away.
Insp Balatincz said the operation was expected to take several hours.
The driver from Riverside Refrigerated Transport, Cowra, was not hurt and was taken to Nepean Hospital for mandatory blood and urine samples.
Enquiries are continuing into the cause of the accident.