PERRY HALL, Md. (WJZ) — Frightening wake up call. A tractor trailer slams into the back of a Baltimore County home with a family inside.

Tracey Leong explains what caused the accident.

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Police say the tractor trailer was cut off by another car, which caused it to lose control. The family inside, including four young children, is thankful that no one was seriously hurt.

Just before 8 a.m. Thursday, a BGE tractor trailer smashed into a home in Perry Hall.

“The whole house shook for about five seconds. We all panicked and ran outside. It literally felt like a massive earthquake,” said Tom Butz, homeowner.

Tom and Amy Butz were inside with their four kids. Amy, who was downstairs in the basement doing laundry, narrowly escaped being hit by the tractor trailer.

“All the sudden I just saw a white flash and sparks and just a huge object,” Amy Butz said. “I have four children, I knew my husband was upstairs and our dog. So I just ran upstairs as fast as I could and screamed for everyone to get out.”

Police say the BGE tractor trailer was cut off by a Hyundai Sonata. It struck the car and then kept going south on Honeygo Boulevard.

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The tractor trailer jumped the sidewalk and came barreling through their backyard, taking out their fence and then finally landing in their basement, causing an 8×10 foot hole.

“Any time you hear a vehicle into a home, especially a tractor trailer, it sounds much worse than it actually is,” said Cpl. Wachter. “And we are very, very fortunate today the injuries were very minor and no one inside the house was hurt.”

The home has been deemed unsafe to stay in. The family is relying on relatives and neighbors for support.

“Never would have in my wildest dreams imagined that it was a tractor trailer that had just come into our home,” Amy Butz said.

Still shaken from the chaos, the family is grateful to be alive.

“Going from the outside looking in really is when it hits home to think how devastating it could have been,” Amy Butz said.

Police say the driver of the car that cut off the tractor trailer is at fault. He was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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Honeygo Boulevard near Cross Road was shut down for several hours Thursday morning while crews cleaned up the accident.