Update: On Rockingham Road, where a shopkeeper crashes into a house – ‘I’ve never seen anything like this’ | News – Local and National


Two residents of a home in Davenport were injured late Sunday when a trailer hit a home at 3010 Rockingham Road in Davenport.


Annette Oberlander was shocked when her boss at Sharon’s Styling Studio called at 12:15 a.m. Monday.

What she saw shortly after the call from Sharon Wachal left her speechless as she stood outside the salon at 3018 Rockingham Road.

“Sharon told me that the police had just called her and a pickup truck hit the set and ran into a house,” Oberlander said late Monday morning. “It sounds a bit crazy, maybe. I really don’t know what to expect.”

According to the Davenport Police Department, at 11:56 p.m. Sunday, emergency crews responded to section 3000 of Rockingham Road to reports of a multi-vehicle collision with several structures damaged.

Police said a preliminary investigation found a Freightliner tractor-trailer was driving east in the 3400 block of Rockingham Road when the driver lost control and crashed into a Dodge Ram 1500 traveling west. Police said the trailer continued to crash into a Cadillac XTS, which was also traveling west.

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The tractor-trailer continued east, crashing into a westbound Chevrolet Equinox in the 3000 block of Rockingham Road. City officials confirmed the trailer then grazed a power pole and jumped to the curb before cutting into the side of Sharon’s Styling Studio and burying its cab in front of the house at 3010 Rockingham Road.

Four people were taken to an area hospital, including two injured women at home. One person was taken to a local hospital for treatment; the other was transported to Iowa City with serious injuries.

According to the police report, the driver of the trailer was also treated for minor injuries at the hospital. Police say no charges have been filed at this time. The driver of the Cadillac also drove himself to the hospital with minor injuries.

Brian Williamsen, a spokesman for the Red Cross, said Monday afternoon that the Red Cross was assisting four people affected by the incident.

Oberlander saw the aftermath of the collision.

“I went to Rockingham and it was something I never expected. This big pickup truck is buried in the house right next door. I just wonder how people are going to live.”

Oberlander spent most of the night near the scene. Morning light revealed that much of the façade of 3010 Rockingham had been reduced to piles of wood chips and plaster. Multiple plastic laundry baskets – mostly blue, pink or white – dot the area. The upper half of the house is suspended from debris.

Oberlander is joined by Sharon Wachal’s daughter, Tracy Wachal-Naab, at the scene. Wachal-Nabb is a State Farm Insurance agent who represents her mother and said the styling studio has been in the squat brick building in Rockingham for 55 years.

The building is also home to Gray’s Barber Shop and a tannery.

“As an insurance agent, I’ve seen a lot of cars crash into buildings or homes,” Wachal-Naab said. “Have to say I’ve never seen anything like this.”

City officials at the site said demolition of the home at 3010 Rockingham is expected to begin Monday afternoon.

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