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LAYTON — A 14-year-old girl is recovering after a truck plowed through her house and landed on top of her.

Layton police say the 20-year-old driver of a utility truck lost control and hit the house near 1600 North and 160 West around 10:45 p.m. Monday.

The truck crashed into a wall, behind which 14-year-old Eliza Haynie was sitting at a desk working at a computer. She told KSL she was hit by the truck, and it pushed the desk and computer onto her, pinning her beneath it.

"I remember sitting here and everything just coming at me, like it was loud too, like an explosion, and everything just came at my face and knocked me down," Haynie said.

Her brother, Austin Haynie was home from Army training and was headed downstairs to say goodnight to his 14-year-old sister. He heard the wreck and rushed down to the room.

I remember sitting here and everything just coming at me. ...Everything just came at my face and knocked me down.

–- Eliza Haynie

"She just looked up and said, 'what happened?' " said Austin Haynie. "She saw the car and started freaking out. She said, I'm stuck, I'm stuck. I can't move.' "

He began pulling the debris off of her, lifting part of the truck, and pulled her out the window.

"I was like, 'OK, you need to listen. We need to get out out, there is something leaking and I don't know what it is,' " Austin Haynie said. "And she said, 'But I can't move,' and I said, 'OK, this is going to hurt,' and I picked up the desk, opened the window and threw her out."

Eliza Haynie was taken to a hospital to be treated for a serious concussion. She was released Tuesday morning.

She says she is just hoping the goose egg on her head goes down before school starts next week and the school takes her photo. Her brother says he's just grateful she's alright.

"I'm glad I was home, or else it could have been a lot worse," Austin Haynie said.

The driver of the truck told police he believes he fell asleep. Police say drug paraphernalia was found in the truck, but the driver showed no signs of being under the influence.

The truck belongs to a company that contracts with Comcast, and was off-duty and not authorized to be driving the vehicle.


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