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The noise came before 11 o'clock Tuesday night. CRASH! BOOM! SMASH! It sounded as if a freight train had hit the house.

After hearing the commotion, Shirley Marshall and her husband, William, walked into their living room.

"We were in the back when we heard the horrible sound," Shirley Marshall said. "And we walked in, and there was a truck in our living room."

The driver, whom police identified as Henderson Henry Jones, crawled out of the passenger door. He asked the Marshalls for a glass of water. Then he ran to a convenience store 3 miles away.

Police say Jones, 49, flagged down a police officer and said he was the driver of the vehicle that had careened into the Marshalls' home. He was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and careless driving.

It isn't known what caused Jones to smash into the Marshalls' home in the 6500 block of Fourth St. S.

The house had most of a wall facing the driveway boarded up Wednesday morning. Tire marks could be seen in the lawn. Metal fixtures near the wall were bent.

The inside of the living room didn't look much better: a smashed couch, torn drapes, exposed drywall and ripped-up carpet.

Marshall, who didn't want to make a big deal out of the incident, said that after the crash the couple just went back to bed.

Too big of a mess to clean up in one night, she said.