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LIBERTY, Mo. -- A delivery truck slammed into an apartment complex in Gladstone last Saturday and the recovery continues. Some residents lost their homes and the impact of the damage left behind is still being felt.

"I said I wasn't going to cry, but here I am. This is not normal for me," said Cecelia Roe with tears in her eyes.

Roe and her grandson, Joey Adams, are taking refuge at Value Place in Liberty. She used to live at The Bluffs in Gladstone. The truck slammed into the apartment directly beneath her and hey were both apartment at the time of the crash.

"I just heard a big boom," Adams recalled.

"I thought he had fallen so I ran back upstairs real fast to see if he was okay, and he was running out to see if I was okay, and we didn't see anything," Roe added.

There was so much structural damage that Roe had to find a place to live quickly. But it was hard because her grandson has special needs and the stress of the situation has taken a toll.

"We're homeless. I think I'm a very strong woman, but I don't want to be homeless. I don't like this feeling. We didn't do anything wrong," Roe explained.

The truck company, Iowa Meats, agreed to put Roe and Adams in a hotel. As the expenses keep mounting up for food and a new apartment, Roe is trying to stay strong.

"This wasn't what I planned. You have to pay an extra deposit. It's just, I'm not a rich lady. I'm just surviving, taking care of Joe," she said.

Police are still investigating the truck's driver. He faces city traffic citations and police are awaiting results of blood work to determine if he was driving under the influence.