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Driver plows into side of home

Three injured after car crashes into home
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 3:48 PM EST
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Three people were injured Wednesday afternoon after a driver lost control and smashed into the side of a home in the Rand community.

The accident happened just before 2 p.m. at a home along Raven Drive.

Emergency crews tell the WSAZ crew at the scene that one man was sitting on the couch when the SUV came crashing through the side of the home, and another woman was also inside the front room where the car smashed into.

A neighbor shared the following video from a door cam:

Driver plows into side of home

The man that was sitting on the couch was pinned underneath of the SUV, and the woman was essentially thrown from the crash, according to Rand Volunteer Fire Chief, Bill White.

“There was a man in the front seat of the Jeep, we were unable to access him to start with because the vehicle was unstable and sitting on the guy under it,” Chief White told WSAZ. “It was a precision rescue and teamwork at its finest.”

The man, woman and driver were trapped inside the home at one point.

Fire officials were able to get the woman out of the home quickly but it took them around 45 minutes to extricate the driver from the vehicle, and roughly two hours to get the man pinned underneath into an ambulance.

“It took a long time but you have to be careful that you don’t do any more damage than what’s already done,” Chief White said. “If it’s a crushing injury and they’re bleeding and so forth, if you raise it too fast, you can put them into shock or you can bleed out, there’s all kinds of little things.”

The accident happened at a home along Raven Drive in Rand, West Virginia.
The accident happened at a home along Raven Drive in Rand, West Virginia.(WSAZ)

Malden Fire Department was called to assist crews from Rand. Chief White said they needed all the manpower they could get to try and safely remove all the victims involved.

“It took a lot of people,” said Malden Volunteer Fire Chief Squeak Peterson. “Of course, when the car went into the house, a house is not designed to hold a car so the floor started collapsing and everything we were trying to do to lift the car was just causing the floor to buffer more.”

“You got to do it systematically and it’s a delicate operation,” Chief White said. “It looks like ‘you all just go in there and jerk the car up’ but again, it’s unusual for a whole car to be sitting in somebody’s front room.”

No word on the people inside the home, or driver’s condition, however, fire officials did say all three were alert and talking at the time of the incident.

Fire officials believe the driver suffered a medical episode.

Neighbors on Raven Drive came by after emergency crews cleared to board up the massive hole left behind from the crash.

No further information has been released at this time.

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