VERNON, CT — A runaway tow truck — with a repossessed car behind it — was chased by its driver down Union Street in Vernon early Wednesday morning.
Only a grassy knoll and an iron fence prevented it from taking out a house.
A home surveillance video provided by a resident shows the tow truck heading downhill at a relative slow speed and passing 104 Union St. at 2:59 a.m. A car, which Vernon police said was being repossessed up the street, was attached to the tow truck.
The driver can be seen chasing the truck and car.
The resident said the truck began to turn and eventually hopped the curb and slammed into a small hill and iron fence at 107 Union St. A wrecked fence and tire marks could be seen at the address Wednesday morning.
The home at 107 Union St. was built in 1900, according to town records.
Vernon police said the tow truck, a Ford F-450, was owned by a company based in Waterford. The driver apparently either mixed up the gears, neglected to apply the parking brake or the brake slipped, according to police.
No injuries were reported, police said.