Video: Load of trouble

updated 2/1/2010 5:21:18 PM ET 2010-02-01T22:21:18

A house struck by a lumber truck whose driver said he passed out after choking on chili will be demolished.

Police said Monday that structural engineers and city building inspectors determined that tearing down the entire home is the only safe way to remove the truck, which has been lodged in the house since Friday.

The truck driver, Eric Gremm, 59, said that he choked on the Wendy's chili he was eating when his truck hit a bump Friday. The flatbed truck veered off the road and slammed into the home in Lowell, which is about 25 miles northwest of Boston.

Gremm said emergency workers at the scene told him that he had passed out, but he could not remember losing consciousness.

He was hospitalized with minor injuries. A woman in the home was not hurt.

Gremm has not been charged, but the investigation continues. Police said alcohol and drugs have been ruled out. Police said he could be cited for eating while driving. 

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