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updated: 8/29/2014 5:27 PM

Driver hurt after car crashes through West Chicago garage

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  • Video: Car hits West Chicago garage

  • A car left the road Friday morning on the 400 block of Colford Avenue in West Chicago and struck a house and then plowed through a garage. The driver was taken by helicopter to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

      A car left the road Friday morning on the 400 block of Colford Avenue in West Chicago and struck a house and then plowed through a garage. The driver was taken by helicopter to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • A large number of emergency personnel responded to the 400 block of Colford Avenue in West Chicago Friday morning after a car struck a house and garage. The driver was taken to an area hospital but no other injuries were reported.

      A large number of emergency personnel responded to the 400 block of Colford Avenue in West Chicago Friday morning after a car struck a house and garage. The driver was taken to an area hospital but no other injuries were reported.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang Friday morning when a car left the street on the 400 block of Colford Avenue in West Chicago and drove through a garage.

      Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang Friday morning when a car left the street on the 400 block of Colford Avenue in West Chicago and drove through a garage.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

 
 

A man was flown to an area hospital Friday morning after the car he was driving left a West Chicago road, struck the side of a house and then continued into and through a garage, authorities said.

West Chicago police did not identify the driver, but said he was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. They said they did not know his condition.

No other people were in the car and no one was home at the time of the crash, police said.

Police said the man was driving his four-door Nissan sedan south on Oakwood Avenue about 9:30 a.m. when it left the road and entered the property on the 400 block of Colford Avenue near downtown. At some point the car flipped over and came to rest on its roof.

Emergency crews were dispatched at 9:37 a.m. and the driver had to be extricated from the wreckage.

Nearby resident Brad Janssen said he heard a "big bang" when the crash occurred. Another neighbor, Kim Collier, said she saw the car on its roof and fire in the garage.

"(I) came outside, heard a bunch of sirens. Had to come over and take a look. Went behind the house, saw all the firefighters -- about 30 firefighters behind there, wenching the car out of the garage," Janssen said.

Police said their investigation is continuing. They said they have made no determination as to the vehicle's speed before the crash or any possible traffic violations.

A building inspector from the city's community development department was expected to decide Friday about whether the house is habitable.

• DuPage County Photo Director Scott Sanders contributed to this report

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