SUV slams into house on Colonel Talbot Road
LONDON, Ont. -- The Bramley family was in the kitchen, when they heard a big crash.
"My front door was caved in, and I knew it was a car, it's the only way it could have happened," says Tom Bramley.
The home owner quickly grabbed his coat, and ran outside to see a RAV4, next to his home on Colonel Talbot Road. At the same time, his first cousin, and next door neighbour Larry Thomas jumped in his ATV and drove across his field to help.
"The man driving was still in the vehicle, luckily the air bags had deployed," says Thomas. "The windows were broken and glass all was over his face. He had a cut across his forehead, but he's pretty lucky I'd say."
Vehicle tracks could be seen a few hundred meters south of the home. The SUV left the road, travelled through the ditch, narrowly missing a telephone pole and taking out a fence before striking the house.
"He had to be airborne by about six feet," added Thomas. "The car glanced off the front of the house, over that front step, and took the tree out by the roots."
London fire arrived and with a bit of manipulation of the door, they were able to get man out of the vehicle. Thomas described the driver to be in "his 50's".
"There is a lot of wreckage," says London District Fire Chief Nickolas Hewetson. "A lone occupant was transported to hospital but unknown injuries at this time."
As the fire department waits for the structural engineer to check the integrity of the house, it has assessed it to be uninhabitable...
"We just have to wait to see what insurance says, know we can't stay here," adds Bramley. "I'm just glad the guy seems to be alright."
There is no word yet on potential charges against the driver, as police say the investigation is in its early stages.