Change of plans may have saved lives when truck crashes into home

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CRESTON, Ohio -- It was not a typical Monday morning at the home of Joy and Butch Wiles from Creston, Ohio.

The couple was used to waking up to the smell of coffee; instead, their wake-up call literally shook them, and their children, from their beds.

"We thought it was an explosion; we really did. It was that loud," said Joy.

What the family was actually hearing at 4:50 a.m., was the sound of a pickup truck driving through the wall of their living room on South Main Street. It continued on to the front porch, before finally coming to a stop on the lawn.

"Good old house, built in 1900, a lot of big beams out here," said Butch, marveling at how well the house continued to stand, despite a massive hole in its side and a front porch that was threatening to fall.

"Solidly built," affirmed Joy.

What the couple truly marveled over was the turn of events that led their 24-year-old son and his three-year-old boy to sleep in their upstairs bedroom hours before the accident. The two were determined to camp out in the living room overnight, but changed their minds—for no particular reason.

"Somebody was watching out for the people in the household, and we have two dogs and three cats, and we found everyone unharmed," Joy said.

That wasn't the only miracle on Creston's South Main Street early Monday morning; according to Chief of Police, Bryon Meshew, the pickup that crashed through the house was carrying two 55-gallon drums filled with gasoline.

There were also three smaller cans in the bed, each full of gas. Why they did not blow during the violent crash is a question the Wiles family continued to ask themselves, hours later.

"Disbelief,” said Joy, “But honestly, just thankful that everybody was safe."

"Yea," echoed Butch.

Chief Meshew told FOX 8 that Matthew Dillon, 24, from Wooster, was behind the wheel of the pickup truck. He suffered a broken neck, according to the chief, but refused treatment at the hospital.

According to Meshew, Dillon remembered his friend, with whom he had spent the night, riding in the bed of the truck while at the same time pounding on the back window, just before the accident.

The friend told a different story, according to the chief, and the investigation is ongoing.

The friend, whom emergency responders also found on the Wiles' front lawn, was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

Dillon was charged with failure to control, as well as, a seat belt violation. Additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of lab results.

As for the Wiles, no one was harmed in the accident and all looked forward to spending the night in their own beds, the first typical moment, of a very long day.

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