Fish rescued after truck crashes into house

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Firefighters came to the rescue of 13 goldfish when a truck ran across a garden pond and hit the front of a house.

The accident happened yesterday in North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania, when a pick-up truck ran off the road, and through shrubs belonging to householder Joe Brugnoli. It continued on through his yard, ran over his fish pond and stopped when it hit his front porch.

Firefighters from the Circleville Volunteer Fire Department were able to rescue all the fish in the pond using a net from Brugnoli's aquarium, temporarily transferring them into a shallow pan filled with water.

Brugnoli said: "That was my main concern, honest to God…I was concerned about my fish. Firemen dug in and got them all out."

Joe Brugnoli and his wife Gloria installed the pond back in 1955 when they first moved into the house. The fish were only added last spring.

"I always sit out here and read the paper right after noon," Brugnoli continued. "This day, I'm a little bit late, or I would have been here reading my paper when this happened."

The truck had to be moved back over the fish pond in order to get it off the front porch.

The driver was taken to a local hospital with arm, wrist and back injuries. He was said to be in a stable condition.

No other injuries were reported.

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