LAYTON, UTAH (ABC 4 News) - "It sounded like an explosion. It was really, really loud. And the computer hit me and knocked me down and I remember the wall falling on me and a whole bunch of stuff falling on me."
That is how 14-year-old Eliza Haynie described a truck plowing into her home and sending her under hundreds of pounds of debris.
Eliza was on her computer when a Comcast sub-contractor truck went off the road and into her house
near 1600 North and 160 West in Layton. She suffered a concussion and was briefly knocked out.
She said, "I passed out for a second and I don't remember a lot."
But Eliza remembers hearing her brother Austin, who was in another room, screaming. "I just heard my brother yelling at me. Can you get up? You got to get out of here, there's gas. We can't stay here. We got to get out. Can you move? And I said, No, I can't move. I'm stuck. I was pinned partially under the truck and partially under the desk."
So, Austin jumped in and moved some debris then muscled her out from under all the weight.
Eliza describes the moment, "He was like alright, this is going to hurt. I'll get you out of here, but this is going to hurt. So he said 'one, two, three' and he lifted me up from all the rubble."
Eliza was free from the truck and desk, but not from the pain. In addition to the concussion, her head was swelling in the front and the back, she had small cuts and her ribs were incredibly sore. Plus, the room was filled with dust and it was hard to breathe. Her brother then helped get out her out a window. Then he checked on the driver. The driver wasn't hurt and Austin says he was apologizing and told him he had "fallen asleep" while driving.
Despite what just happened and despite the pain Eliza feels very fortunate to be alive. She says the truck that hit her house just missed a gas line. "I'm lucky I'm here. If he (the truck driver) had been a few inches over, I probably wouldn't be here. I'm really lucky. It was a miracle." And while her brother shuns the hero title. "I'm just protecting my family. I didn't do anything spectacular." Eliza feels lucky because her big brother was there when she needed him the most. "I don't what I would have done if he wasn't home."
And Eliza says she isn't mad at the truck driver. She says "I don't necessarily blame him. He shouldn't of been driving, but I'm not mad. I'm hurt, but I'm not mad."