Resident after trailer smashes living room: 'I'm lucky'

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

May 18, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.
Updated May 19, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Erik Gamble, 38, was in his kitchen texting when a detached trailer went through his living room. The trailer, which came loose as it was sitting on property owned by Texas Concrete Co., rolled across Main Street about 7 p.m. Sunday and struck his home.

Erik Gamble, 38, was in his kitchen texting when a detached trailer went through his living room. The trailer, which came loose as it was sitting on property owned by Texas Concrete Co., rolled across Main Street about 7 p.m. Sunday and struck his home.   Ana Ramirez for The Victoria Advocate

Erik Gamble was minutes away from possibly getting crushed by a heavy trailer that crashed through the front of his house and into his living room Sunday evening.

He was texting in his dining room about 7 p.m. when a detached trailer rolled across North Main Street in the 4700 block and crashed into his house.

"I'm damn lucky," the 38-year-old said. "I don't know how else to describe it ... I just missed possibly losing my life or getting hurt."

The trailer rolled across the street, jumped over a curb, hit Gamble's front porch and finally slammed at least 10 feet into his house.

"I heard two bangs before. By the time I got right here in the doorway ... I was in mid-stride, and I looked - crap - the TV exploded," he said. "If it wouldn't have been for that curb and that little 12-inch lip on my porch, that trailer would have probably come through this whole house."

Gamble has a 3-year-old daughter who lives with him, but she was not home at the time of the crash.

"It scares me that she could have possibly been in the living room when it happened," he said. "My roommate had just left five minutes prior to that. I'm glad that she (his daughter) wasn't there."

The trailer destroyed everything in Gamble's living room, including oak tables made by his father that are priceless to him, he said. His 65-inch TV, couch and stereo were also destroyed. He estimates the damage is at least between $10,000 and $15,000.

The front of his house is boarded up, and Gamble is still living there while it's being repaired.

The trailer was parked on Texas Concrete Co. property but is owned by a third-party hauler, said Mike Davis, company operations manager, who declined to identify the owner. The third-party company is paying for the damages caused by the trailer, he said.

"As far as I know, the air pressure dropped in the braking system, and it just rolled on across," Davis said.

The trailer probably weighs a ton and is 30 feet by 8 feet, he said.

Davis said the first thought he had after the crash was for the safety of those in the house.

"We're definitely happy about that," he said.


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