HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Monday, a Canette Landscaping truck with an attached equipment trailer collided with a silver Honda SUV, crushing its driver's side before careening down a steep embankment, smashing into the rear of a single family house on Emeline Drive.  Reporting to the disaster were elements of the Hawthorne Fire Department, Hawthorne Police Department, Hawthorne EMS, and a rescue truck from the Wyckoff Fire Department.  The Hawthorne Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary also responded to provide refreshments for the responders at the scene.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the crash.  Structural damage to the home was reportedly moderate, with a building inspector sent in to determine whether the home was safe for occupation.

According to Fire Chief Joseph Speranza, the driver said the brakes had failed and the vehicle lost control.  "He rode it all the way down," Speranza said, remarking that the occupants of the home had just gotten home when the incident took place at 5:03 p.m.  "No one was hurt, thank God, there could've been fatalities."

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To extract the truck and trailer, which had felled tree branches and displaced stones along a property wall, a heavy-duty tow truck had to be brought in.

The crash happened approximately a mile away from a home on Sunrise Drive where a dump truck slipped down and smashed into a house in June of last year while the resident was in his backyard.

Boyd A. Loving contributed to this report.

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