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Cause of Carol Stream crash still unknown

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  • No charges have been filed in connection with a Thursday crash in which a minivan went through the wall of a Carol Stream house.

       No charges have been filed in connection with a Thursday crash in which a minivan went through the wall of a Carol Stream house.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer


Carol Stream police on Friday said they haven't yet determined what caused a woman to drive her minivan off a residential street and into the side of a house.

The crash occurred about 3:40 p.m. Thursday when the motorist, a 39-year-old Carol Stream resident, was driving her 2002 Chrysler minivan south on Bluff Street. Police said the vehicle crossed through the intersection of Bluff and Hiawatha Drive, jumped a curb and struck the house on the 600 block of Bluff Street.

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"It was like a magnet," police Chief Kevin Orr said. "It jumped the curb and started heading right for the house."

The minivan crashed through the home's living room and dining room before coming to a stop in the kitchen, but five residents who were inside -- including two children -- were unharmed, fire officials have said.

Authorities said the driver was transported to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield with unknown injuries. A child who was a passenger in the minivan was uninjured.

Orr said the police report doesn't indicate the type of injuries the driver suffered. The report also doesn't show if the woman experienced medical issue in the moments before the crash, he said.

In fact, Orr said, investigators still are trying to determine what may have caused the crash. "I don't think they've had a chance to interview her (the driver) yet," he said.

No charges have been filed.

Damage to the house is estimated to be at least $150,000, authorities said. It has been deemed uninhabitable.

Crews from the fire department had to stabilize the inside of the structure so the vehicle could be safely removed.

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