HUDSON, Mass. (WHDH) -
Police said a privately owned sweeper that crashed into a home in Hudson Monday morning had an inspection sticker that expired 10 years ago.
They also said the sweeper had bald tires, faulty brakes, and was over the weight limit.
The driver, David Carvalho, said he lost all power, including his brakes, while driving up the street. He then said he started to roll backwards down a hill. He told police he was either going to roll into a busy intersection or go off the road.
“Momentum took over and the bakes wouldn’t hold the machine because of the size and weight,” he said.
The fire chief said he made the right call.
Carvalho said he aimed off the road and first side-swiped a truck before slamming into the front porch of a house.
Three people inside the house were not hurt.
“We just heard a loud sound. My wife’s first reaction was to scream and I jumped out of bed. When she opened the door there was a huge machine in front of the house, It was a scary moment but luckily nobody got hurt,” Wagner Calhau, the homeowner said.
Workers attempted to shore up the porch before removing the sweeper Monday afternoon.
"It caused considerable damage. The second floor was getting ready to collapse. We're in the process now of contractors shoring up the structure before we remove the sweeper out by crane," said Chief John Blood of the Hudson Fire Department.
The private company that operates the forklift is facing multiple charges including operating with an expired inspection sticker, and operating a vehicle without proper braking equipment.
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