Man taken to the hospital after crashing truck into house in Elkhart
Posted: 10/18/2013 at 10:24 pm
By: Sharon Hernandez
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Elkhart Police and fire departments are investigating a pickup in a building at 1106 N. Michigan St. on Friday, Oct 18. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen)
A spectator uses a smart phone to record the scene at 1106 N. Michigan St as a pickup truck is removed from a building Friday, Oct. 18. Elkhart police and fire departments are investigating. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
An Elkhart firefighter works at the scene of a pickup in a building at 1106 N. Michigan St. on Friday, Oct 18.
(Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
A tow truck pulls a pick up truck out of a building at 1106 N. Michigan St. on Friday, Oct 18. Elkhart police and fire departments are investigating. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Police and fire units were called at 7:22 p.m. to 1106 N. Michigan St. on a report of a car that had crashed into a residence.
Firefighters extricated a man from a black pickup truck and took him to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with unknown injuries.
Sgt. Travis Snider, of the Elkhart Police Department, said police think the driver was heading east on Randolph Street, and he did not stop as he reached Michigan Street.
Snider said police will investigate the incident to determine what caused the man to continue driving.
The house has four apartments, and the truck was launched into an apartment on the first floor in the north side of the house, which is unoccupied.
Officials and neighbors said the owner of the house had just finished repairing the apartment that was hit by the truck. The owner had also recently cut a tree that would have stood in the path of the truck.
The resident who lives in the first-floor apartment in the south side, and who asked his name was not published, said he was home watching TV at the time the truck drove into the next-door apartment.
“The whole house shook,” he said.
However, he continued watching TV until he heard sirens and saw people gathering outside the house.
Mike Bush, a neighbor who lives in the house next door, said he too felt the house shake. He and some other neighbors went outside to see what happened, and his wife called 911. “At first we thought they blew a hole out the house,” he said.
Concepcion Salgado, who lives directly above the apartment that was affected, walked into the scene with her daughter. The two had gone out to do laundry and to get something to eat.
They were told they could not go back into their apartment until he scene was cleared, but that their apartment was not affected by the crash and that only a few items in the house may have fallen because of the impact.
“At least we’re all fine, thank God,” Salgado said.
A crowd gathered while first responders worked at the scene. AEP and NIPSCO were called to make sure there were no gas leaks and to shut the power off.
Michigan Street, between Edwardsburg Avenue and Jordan Street, was closed for more than an hour while a towing company removed the car from the house.