FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A Franklin couple got the surprise of a lifetime after coming home from vacation to find a dump truck in the middle of their kitchen and dining room.
"It was a miracle we were in Texas on vacation when this happened," homeowner Ed Hensel told News 2. "Otherwise, we'd have been down in the rubble somewhere."
As luck would have it, Earl and Edna Hensel put off their vacation to Texas for months because they were remodeling their kitchen.
"Everything happened at the right time," said Earl Hensel, "and I guess God was watching over us."
The couple was on their way home Saturday afternoon, instead of sitting in their kitchen as they likely would have been had they been home.
"Ordinarily at four o'clock, when this happened, we would be sitting right where that left wheel is on the truck," Earl Hensel explained. "That's where our kitchen counter is and we always eat at the counter and we usually eat around four o'clock."
The couple believes a dump truck, leaving a construction site up the hill from their home, veered off the driveway when the driver lost control.
The truck barreled through the Hensel's yard, straight through their kitchen and dining room.
"I think the important is we weren't hurt," said Earl Hensel. "It's just brick and wood that's all that's damaged and we'll get it taken care of."
The impact of the dump truck was so powerful the garage doors buckled and now, giant cracks in the brick threaten the rest of the house.
Even though antique family heirlooms are now destroyed and those kitchen renovations that delayed their vacation are now rubble, Earl Hensel said he's just thankful no one was hurt.
He said, "We feel very lucky. We're not going to sit in a corner and cry over it. We're just going to go forward and get this cleaned up and try to get as much of our stuff out as we can."
Hensel said a structural engineer from the city is supposed to look at their home on Monday and figure out if the house can be repaired or if it has to be rebuilt.
The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital but is expected to be okay.