Man injured as SUV crashes into house
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) —
A man was injured when an SUV smashed through a fence and slammed into a house in West Warwick Wednesday night.
NBC 10 News arrived at the scene on Washington Street at 5:45 p.m.
A reporter saw a Ford Explorer wedged into the side of the home, while people who live there said they heard -- and felt -- the impact.
“I didn't hear any skidding. All of a sudden it was just -- BAM -- and next thing you know I'm on the floor,” Raymond Jackman said, as the truck crashed right under his window. “I went down the stairs and looked in the basement and there was smoke everywhere. I thought the truck was on fire.”
Jackman he and his family immediately tried to find the driver.
“My first instinct was to run to safety and make sure there was no fire and check everything out to make sure he was OK,” Jeremy Jackman said, while Raymond Jackman added, “I asked him if he was OK and he just said, ‘Help me.’”
As seen in a video sent to NBC 10, firefighters pulled the back off the Explorer to get the man out.
John Malloy of the West Warwick Police Department said the man was 55 years old, noting that he is local resident.
“He has a head injury, but it doesn't look to be life threatening at this time,” Mallory said, noting that the man, who has not been identified, was treated at Rhode Island Hospital.
“I wish him the best. I hope he's alright,” Raymond Jackman said, also saying that it is the second time in two months a vehicle has crashed into the home.
Police said it's not clear how or why the SUV crashed into the home or how fast it was going.
About 10 people live there. While none of them were hurt, they've been put in a hotel for the night.
It's unclear how long they will be displaced or what it will cost to fix it.
The crash remains under investigation.