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Couple escapes death as truck smashes into suburban Phoenix apartment

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A Chandler couple survived a pickup truck slamming into their apartment early Tuesday morning, with little more than scratches.

Chandler Police said a car was speeding down an alley near Arizona Avenue and Ray Road when it veered into a studio apartment.

The couple inside the studio apartment was asleep on the couch when the truck barreled through the wall, narrowly missing them.

The woman inside the apartment was struck by flying debris and taken to hospital, but she was released. A man in the apartment was not hurt.

The 20-year-old man driving the truck was hospitalized and was to be booked on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Police said there was a cloud of dust across Ray Road when they arrived just moments after the crash.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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