A minivan left the street Thursday afternoon, rumbled through backyards, and smashed through the wall of a house in Carol Stream, authorities said.
The car entered the home’s living room and dining room, before it came to a stop in the kitchen, but five residents who were home at the time — including two children — were unharmed, according to the Carol Stream Fire Protection District.
The crash occurred at 3:43 p.m. on the 600 block of Bluff Street, and emergency responders who first arrived quickly extinguished a small fire in the minivan, and rescued the driver and a child passenger, according to a fire department news release.
The driver was transported to Central DuPage Hospital with unknown injuries, and the child was uninjured, officials said.
The five residents of the house were able to escape before the fire department arrived.
Fire officials estimated damages to the home to be at least $150,000. Crews worked for hours after the crash to shore up the interior of the structure so the vehicle could be safely removed, officials said.
The family was expected to be displaced for an extended period of time.
The Carol Stream Police Department was investigating the cause of the accident. Officials said they would provide more details Friday.
A neighbor told the Daily Herald she was home at the time of the crash and heard the car coming through her backyard at the corner of Bluff and Hiawatha Drive, but didn’t see it.
Firefighting crews from Wheaton, Glenside, Winfield and Bloomingdale also responded to the scene.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.