ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – An Adams County man got a rude awakening Sunday morning. He opened his eyes just in time to dodge a pickup truck crashing into his apartment.
The incident happened at The Village at Coronado Apartments just after 1 a.m.
Tire tracks show the path of a truck that came crashing into the apartment building.
“If I didn’t wake up on time I would die,” resident Valente Aguirre said.
The impact caused injury to Aguirre’s head as he barely jumped out of bed in time. The truck hit a gas line, forcing him and other residents to evacuate.
“The maintenance guy was coming through pounding on the doors saying to get out, that there’s a gas leak,” resident Duston Clark said.
“My neighbors live over there. They were knocking on my door saying, ‘Hey, get out get out because it’s going to explode,’ ” Aguirre said.
Xcel Energy crews responded to the scene.
All of the residents were allowed back into their apartment shortly after the gas leak was under control, except for Aguirre. His unit has been boarded up and he’s not expected back in for at least the next week.
For now Aguirre has been given a vacant unit in his complex. He was able to grab a few items from his apartment before it was boarded up, including several pet birds and sheets to make a bed on the floor. Thankful to still have his life, Aguirre still has one wish.
“I want the police to get him because he ran away,” he said. “He could have killed me.”
When police arrived they only found the empty truck lodged in the building. The driver was nowhere to be found. Police were still looking for the driver on Monday.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.