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Chicken truck destroys house

Chicken truck destroys house
Chicken truck destroys house
Harrison Township volunteer firefighters and others watch Charlie's Wrecker Service men remove Carl McAdams' Tyson Foods truck from Counsel House in Corydon last Wednesday. (Photo by Randy West)

A veteran Tyson Foods chicken truck driver was declared dead at the scene after his empty tractor-trailer rig crashed into Counsel House in Corydon last Wednesday morning about 6:51.
Harrison County Coroner Chad Cesar said an autopsy by the Kentucky State Medical Examiner indicated that Carl E. McAdams Sr., 61, Central, had severe cardiovascular disease and died of a heart attack and not from injuries in the crash.
The impact of the truck hitting the old house knocked it off the foundation and caused it to split apart. No one was at Counsel House, where several counselors regularly see clients.
Firefighters were at first reluctant to remove McAdams’ body from the cab because of an accumulation of gas inside the house. The cab had crashed into the front porch and was lodged between the first floor and the basement. The house appeared to be leaning heavily on the truck.
Once Indiana Utilities officials determined the gas had dissipated, firefighters removed the body. Two large wrecker trucks from Charlie’s 24-Hour Towing slowly pulled the tractor and trailer away from the house, which contained office furniture, patient records and antiques in the attic. The house, owned by Ed and Linda Runden of Corydon, did not collapse, but because of the severe structural damage, it was torn down later that day after all the undamaged contents had been removed.
Terry Lawton, owner of the Counsel House business, said last week, ‘We are up and running and seeing clients.’
Counselors have relocated to the former YMCA Fitness Center down the street at 426 N. Capitol Ave. The therapists ‘ Dr. Lyle Cooper, Sally Stewart, the Rev. Jim Brock, Dr. Kenneth Welch and Indigo ‘ are now seeing patients at the new location. The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, although the therapists each have their own hours. The office number is 738-3277.
Joey Dear lived two doors south of Counsel House, at 711 N. Capitol. He said he was in bed and knew what had happened as soon as he heard the ‘loud crashing noise that lasted real long, about five seconds.’ He said it was the third time in two years that a car parked on North Capitol Avenue has been hit by passing cars and trucks.
‘The main thing is that it hit a house no one was in,’ Dear said.
McAdams’ truck, heading north, crossed the center line and struck Dear’s 1999 Malibu which was parked on the street. The Malibu was knocked back about 20 or 30 feet into a fire hydrant. Town Marshal Greg Gibson said there were no truck skid marks on the road before the truck hit the car.
Gibson said McAdams’ chicken truck jumped the curb, continued on about 150 feet, narrowly missing another house where people were sleeping, before it hit the Rundens’ house. The house on the other side of Counsel House was also inhabited.
Bystanders marveled that the only house in the area that was empty was the one the truck hit, and that it was before rush hour.
McAdams was born Sept. 20, 1943, the son of the late Steven D. and Lucy Mae Briles McAdams.
He drove a truck for Tyson Foods, Hudson Foods and Arpac for 29 years, was chief steward for the United Steel Workers local at Tyson, and was an assistant coach for the Central Fireballs softball team.
He was preceded in death by a son, Steven A. McAdams, and a granddaughter.
Survivors include his wife, the former Martha Ellen Hobbs; three sons, Carl E. McAdams Jr. of Irvington, Ky., Michael R. McAdams of Calhan, Colo., and William C. McAdams of Central; two daughters, Karen E. Humphrey of Brandenburg and Sherry L. White of Corydon; three brothers, Kenny McAdams of New Salisbury, Robert McAdams of Corydon, and David McAdams of Springfield, Mo.; three sisters, Theresa Perry of Georgetown, Rita Jo Moran of Borden, and Anna Camp of Corydon, and seven grandchildren.
The funeral was Saturday at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon. The Rev. Rollie Collins officiated.