Teen Gets One-Ton Wakeup Call At Hotel

(AP) Blake Icenhower got a one-ton wakeup call, courtesy of his co-worker behind the wheel of his pickup truck. As the 19-year-old laid in bed Friday morning at a Magnolia hotel, co-worker Hoby Armstrong went outside to start his Dodge diesel truck. Armstrong says he keyed the engine on and stepped out of the cab.

That's when the lifted truck _ complete with "aftermarket" parts _ roared through the motel's brick-and-mortar wall, pushed aside a bed and went toward Icenhower.

Icenhower said Armstrong was able to jump back into the cab and stop the truck a foot away from hitting him. Armstrong suffered a scrape to his arm.

Motel owner Ken Patel said if the truck had struck two brick support beams less than five feet away, the top floor might have collapsed.

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