The driver of an SUV was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries after his vehicle crashed through the wall of a house in Warman early Wednesday morning, November 14.
The vehicle ended up with its front wheels in a downstairs bedroom of the house. The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle by Warman Fire Rescue. He was transported to hospital by Medavie Ambulance.
A Warman RCMP officer who witnessed the collision was the first on scene and attended to the injured driver after calling emergency medical responders.
No one in the house was injured.
The incident occurred shortly after 5:00 a.m., according to Warman Deputy Fire Chief Russ Austin.
“We were on the scene of another medical emergency in Warman at the time,” said Austin. “The RCMP call came in over the radio that there was a car versus house collision and someone was in medical duress.”
Austin said when first responders arrived at the scene, one crew took care of the patient inside the car, and the other team went into the house to make sure the family was okay; and that there was no risk of fire in the vehicle or the house.
Austin said the SUV was southbound on Centennial Boulevard when the driver apparently suffered a medical issue and lost consciousness. The vehicle then accelerated and sped through a red light at the T-intersection with Central Street, jumped a concrete curb, took out a small tree on the boulevard, then continued across Klassen Street and ended up smashing through a window and wall before ending up in a downstairs bedroom.
Austin said after the driver was extricated from the vehicle, he was conscious but not alert.
“My understanding is that impairment was ruled out at the scene as a potential factor,” said Austin. “It was definitely a medical condition that was the cause.”
The homeowners, Christian and Amanda Taylor, and their two children, Gabriel and Madilynn, were sleeping at the time of the collision.
“All of a sudden there was a big thud, a smash, and glass everywhere,” said Christian. “When all this happened it was kind of a blur. I didn’t really recognize the full impact of it until I opened the door to that bedroom, and then the shock hit me.”
Amanda described the crash as “like a bomb going off.”
The bedroom where the vehicle ended up is normally occupied by Amanda Taylor’s brother, Jeromy Breland. Fortunately, Jeromy works up north, and had left on Monday, November 12 for the job site. His bed is against the north wall of the bedroom, exactly where the vehicle came to rest.
“It was lucky Jeromy wasn’t at home,” said Christian. “He would have been killed for sure.”
Austin said the situation could have been much worse.
“For a bad thing to happen, it was probably the best circumstance,” said Austin. “There was nobody in that particular bedroom at the time of the crash. The kids and parents were in bedrooms in another part of the house.
“It’s just one of those unfortunate things. The driver was probably on his way to work and something happened. It was bad, but it could have been worse.”
A tarp covered the gaping hole in the wall of the house on Wednesday morning at about 8:30, as insurance adjusters took stock of the damage to the home. The downstairs bedroom was full of dirt, concrete, chunks of a tree, metal pieces from the vehicle and shards of glass.
Buff Breland, Amanda’s father, said the SUV was apparently going at high rate of speed when it hit the house.
“The car somehow missed a big electrical power box and sign,” he said. “It came straight as an arrow right at the house.”
The RCMP are currently continuing their investigation into the incident.