RICHBORO, Pa., (CBS) – An SUV crashed through a home in Richboro, Bucks County while the homeowner and her two-year-old son were inside.
“She actually thought the furnace had exploded. The truck went right through the child’s play room and they were not in it,” said Earl J. New, of Paul Davis Restoration Co. “And then the house started to fill with smoke. She couldn’t get out. She called 911 and the police arrived and kicked the door down.”
Just after 4 p.m. Thursday, police say a man in a Chevy Tahoe had a medical emergency and lost control. He drove through one yard at a high rate of speed without breaking, coming to a crashing stop inside the home at the 200 block of Upper Holland Road.
“Like a car had jumped my grass in the front lawn here and went right into the building there,” said neighbor Joe DiGregorio.
Minutes earlier, DiGregorio’s children had been playing in the yard.
“I was sleeping and my kids came in and they told me they heard a loud explosion. I come out and I look and I see a whole bunch of fire personnel outside and police officers,” he said.
The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle and taken to a nearby hospital. The homeowner and her son got out safely. While they cannot return home, neighbors say they’re very lucky.
“I’m just glad she wasn’t in the garage when it happened,” DiGregorio said.
Crews have not been able to remove the SUV from the house for fear it might collapse.
There is no word on the condition of the driver at this time.
L&I is expected to evaluate the house Friday morning.