19 May 2022
Cary, N.C. — A forklift crashed through the roof of a townhouse on Wednesday with the homeowner inside.
According to the Town of Cary, the incident occurred just before noon at a home on Stonebend Loop off Ten Ten Road.
Cary officials said a roofing company replacing shingles on the townhomes overloaded the machine. The hydraulic line failed and the forklift tipped over, going through the roof.
No one was injured, and the homeowner, Clark Murphy, was able to stay in his home.
Murphy told WRAL News he was home at the time of the accident.
“It’s kind of like when you first see something and you’re not really sure what you just saw,” Murphy said. “But it was standing on its end. The operator was still at the wheel and they had to send the ladder up to get him out.”
It took crews more than six hours to remove the forklift.