No one was hurt in a car crash that left neighbors stunned earlier this month. The driver told police that she swerved to avoid a small animal and then lost control the car before she careened into a home in a Nashville neighborhood. A bystander told reporters that the car "jumped and then catapulted" through the house.
Although there were no injuries to either the driver or the residents of the home as a result of the car accident, photos and video from the scene show extensive damage to the house. News reports indicated that crews had to work through the night and the next day to stabilize some structural elements that were compromised in the crash. There was also significant damage to a gas line that led to significant leakage.
The driver was not interviewed for the local news report and it is unclear if there were any other factors contributing to the accident. A variety of factors can cause a car accident, often in aggregate. Issues such as low visibility, distractions while driving, intoxication, or driver fatigue, can all play a role in causing accidents like this. If any of these factors are found to have been a cause of the accident, then the driver may be liable for the damage to the house.
One of the people inside the house at the time of the crash was a disabled man, who said he fell out of his bed when the impact happened. Luckily he was not hurt, but a family member told reporters that he was recovering from surgery at the time of the crash.
Source: News Channel 5, "Car Crashes Into House in Hermitage," March 20, 2012.