ADA — It’s an old superstition that bad things come in threes, and Ada’s Poor Buffalo family thinks three is quite enough.

On Nov. 30, the Poor Buffalo home caught fire from faulty wiring in the attic the first day of the recent ice storm. The Red Cross immediately found them a temporary place to stay and help finding a more permanent arrangement, as well as an assistance card to purchase needed items. The card was stolen along with Shanna Poor Buffalo’s purse while she was shopping.

Then Monday night, Dec. 11, their pickup rolled out of the driveway of their new house, coming to rest in a ravine. Luckily, no one was injured.

Carl Poor Buffalo parked his 1988 Chevrolet pickup in the driveway of their new residence in the 1700 block of Scenic Drive and it reportedly jumped out of gear, rolled backwards out of the driveway, crossed the street where it struck a pipe guard around a fire hydrant, and damaged it.

According to Ada Police Captain Lynn Haines, the pickup partially dislodged a large wooden post on Wintersmith Park property, continued rolling across a grassy area over two more wooden posts, then crossed Wintersmith Drive. The pickup then hit another wooden post on the south side of a bridge and went off the road into the creek bank, teetering in the ravine against a small tree which kept it from falling into the creek bed.

Shanna Poor Buffalo said she and her husband went outside to see what the commotion was at the park and saw a lot of people gathered around a vehicle with the door open, looking to see if anyone inside was injured.

“It was our truck and we had no idea it had rolled away. Thankfully it didn’t run into anybody,” said Shanna Poor Buffalo. “It’s an old work truck. It wasn’t damaged, it still runs. Because it was down in the ravine we had to have it pulled out by a tow truck.”

“These are super nice people with two little boys ages 3 years and 18 months,” said Red Cross manager Brandy Albritton. “Shanna was so appreciative of what our organization has done to help her family she has volunteered to help others through Red Cross. She has kept her spirit up through these ordeals.”

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