Big rig plows into motel, barely misses woman inside

ATLANTA — A big rig plowed into a motel room in Atlanta Thursday, barely missing a woman inside, police said.

Channel 2's Christian Jennings was at the Airway Motel on Futon Industrial Blvd., where the truck was still jutting out of the building Thursday morning.

No one was hurt in the crash, but the driver was taken into custody.

The woman in the room when the truck crashed through the wall was forced to crawl out of a window.

"I just woke up and it was there," Lashonda Allen said.

Allen was still visibly shaken Thursday morning when she spoke with Jennings about what happened.

"I just started crying and screaming. Thank God, you know?" she said.


Unable to get out the door, Allen said her only escape was through a back window.

"I had to get out through the air conditioner window. I was just praying to God the semitruck didn't catch on fire," she said.

Atlanta police said the driver was heading north on Fulton Industrial Boulevard when he ran off the road, hit a parked limo and then slammed into Allen's room. Police said the driver initially ran from the scene, but police captured him a short distance away.

The driver, identified as Jason Mason, is charged with DUI/drugs (less safe).