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Truck crashes in ETX family's home on Christmas

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WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) -

One East Texas family is left with a huge mess after a truck crashed into their house on Christmas day.

The Driggs family lives off Prince Charles in northeast Whitehouse. Around 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, they heard what they thought was an explosion, but low and behold, the neighbors had driven their truck into the bathroom.

Now, the crunching sound beneath their boots is becoming somewhat familiar for the Driggs family. It's not the Christmas surprise they were anticipating. Their bathroom is completely wiped out, and the bedroom walls have huge gaping holes in them.

"We were laying on the couch and it just... sounded like a huge explosion," says Jackson Driggs, one of the family's sons.

"You could tell that something devastating had happened on this side of the house," says Jackson's mother, Angela Driggs.

Angela and Jackson say, from inside the house they couldn't tell what had happened.

"We initially ran out the front door and a neighbor across the street was pointing to the side of the house. So, we ran around and at that point you could tell that there was a truck. That's when we started trying to figure out what to do," says Jackson.

The three people inside the truck were able to climb out of the rubble and through the bathroom window. Witnesses say they didn't appear to be seriously injured.

"Fortunately, it so easily could have been a much more awful tragedy. We're just so grateful that everybody is ok and we can put the house back together," says Angela.

Wednesday, tracks across the yard showed the truck's path. A muddy trail goes through another neighbor's yard and then into the Driggs' home.

"So, it just basically got the corner of that bedroom, the whole bathroom and into this second bedroom as well," says Angela.

While it might take a couple months to get the house back in one piece, the family says all people involved are in once piece and that's what matters.

The Whitehouse Police Department lieutenant overseeing the investigation was not available to explain what caused the crash.

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