Car slams into porch of house

March 06, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man and his son were watching a college basketball game on television in their basement Saturday afternoon when a car came crashing through the front porch, the man said.

The driver of the red Geo Prizm, a 17-year-old Hagerstown girl, complained of a minor head injury and was taken to Washington County Hospital by her father, Hagerstown Police Officer C.M. Watt said.

Neither the driver nor her sister, a passenger in the car, were wearing seat belts, Watt said.

The driver was charged with negligent driving, according to a police news release.

The accident near Woodland Way was reported to 911 at 1:14 p.m., according to Washington County Emergency Services.

Thomas Lane, 47, of 244 Prospect Ave., said he and his son, Kyle, 10, were watching the DePaul-Louisville game on ESPN when they heard a "ba-boom."


"I thought maybe the house was blowing up," Lane said. "When I walked into the living room, all I could see was dust in the air."

Then, he looked into his enclosed front porch and saw the car - in the porch, Lane said.

Lane said his wife sits in the heated porch in the afternoons, but she was at work Saturday afternoon.

Lane said he wasn't sure how the driver hit the porch without hitting a utility pole nearby.

Watt said the sisters were talking as one was driving northwest on Prospect Avenue and the car began drifting to the right, toward the utility pole.

The driver cut left to avoid the pole, but cut too far and then turned hard to the right and the car went into the house, Watt said.

About half of the four-door sedan was in the house, knocking in the front wall and pushing out a side wall. Firefighters and members of the Washington County Special Operations Team cut some of the porch away from the car and shored up the porch roof so a tow truck could remove the car.

Hagerstown Building Inspector Mike Heyser said he was making sure there were no electrical hazards and the porch roof was properly shored up. The two-story row house shares a porch roof with a neighboring row house.

Lane said he expected his family would be able to stay in the house Saturday night.

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