Skip to comments.Speeding SUV crashes into roof of St. Louis home
Posted on 07/17/2017 6:41:16 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll
Fire crews were called to a bizarre scene in St. Louis' Walnut Park West neighborhood on Sunday, where a car became trapped in the roof of a house.
The incident happened around 1 p.m. in the 5900 block of Lillian. According to the St. Louis Fire Department, no one was in the house at the time of the accident, but one person was trapped inside of the car.
The St. Louis Fire Department said in a Facebook post that one person was rescued from the vehicle and taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
Larry Davis witnessed exactly how it unfolded.
"I'll tell you I've never seen anything like that in my life...and I probably won't ever see it again," said Davis.
He said it happened just after he got out of church on Sunday morning, which is located at the corner of that intersection. He started going Facebook Live on the scene. Davis explained to News 4 that the car was driving at high speed down Mimika Ave.
"The car was going pretty fast, maybe 80-90 mph," said Davis. Once the SUV hit the T-intersection of Mimika Ave. & Lillian Ave., the vehicle drove over the curb, up the small hill or terrace of land in front of the house and launched into the air, landing on the roof of a residential home.
"He never took his foot off the gas. You could tell, he never took his foot off the gas," said Davis. Davis described the unidentified driver as a male in his 40s.
"He was just happy to be alive. You could tell he had a couple of broken bones. It was visible, a lot of blood," said Davis.
The St. Louis Fire Department said the driver was trapped in his car for about an hour before he was extricated. The SUV sat on the roof for another 3 hours, before a towing company pulled it down.
The owner of the home told News 4 he was at the gym when his neighbor called and said, "Bruce, you got to get back here." Bruce said he is in disbelief but in great spirits. He also said everyone from first responders to the Red Cross has been great in trying to help him out. Neighbors said this is not the first time a vehicle has ended up in this same yard.
"This is the second time it's happened since I've been here for 6 months," said Angelo Bridges, who lives across the street from the crash. Both he and Davis said the intersection sees reckless driving all the time.
"People just speeding, not stopping for stop signs," said Bridges. "Our church fence has damage from a car accident that happened just a few weeks ago, but I've never seen anybody come that fast," said Davis. The city placed a fourth stop sign at this intersection after the first crash last month, but since the second one, the neighbors say that's not enough to prevent the problem. "They need to put some speed bumps or something down," said Bridges.
Yeah, this is something we would have done at 18. Actually, I think we did. I just remember a couple of cars getting wrecked and being up on two wheels a lot. But it was for a Blues Brothers purpose. We were on a mission from God.
The General Lee would have cleared it!
Dang flying SUV’s!!
LOL! The goode olde daze!
Dude caught the handrail. Skaters do it the other way down, and call it grinding.
More people are gonna want to try it!
Zoom zoom zoom!
Pretty poor job of parking.
Hard to believe even at 90 mph
>>Pretty poor job of parking.<<
Good spots are hard to find.
The driver wasn’t supposed to give any deposition related to the Clinton Foundation was he?
Can’t blame this one on the Blue’s Brothers!
It’s funny how some of us FReepers have stories from our youths that would absolutely shock and appall some of the other FReepers, yet we tend to all get along just fine (with maybe a few exceptions).
It appears that he may have attempted Arkanside.
It was a botched drive by robbery.
My brother at the age of 13 took my grandmothers car out for a joy ride and didn’t quite make the roof, but did get full breach access into the living room of an unsuspecting neighbor. My brother cut lawns for three years to pay her back for the Rambler Wagon. I think my parents paid for the damage to the house. They didn’t speak two words to him for years so I think so.
Could have been a lot worse.
Two killed in Indiana when car crashes into house.
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