Car hits house, causes heavy damage

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A driver blacked out and her car struck a home on Winslow Court on the south side of South Bend. The car ruptured a gas line, then smoke and leaking fluids created a dangerous situation.

Firefighters blocked off the street around the home as a precaution.

No one was inside the home at the time of the accident. Family members say the driver is a diabetic and she passed out from low blood sugar, which caused the accident.

The impact also caused a fire hydrant to fly through the air.

"It sent it through the air a 150 feet before it hit ground," said Jim Luccki, Battalion Chief of the South Bend Fire Department.

The fire hydrant landed in the neighbor's garage.

No one was injured in the crash or aftermath.

"It could've been a whole lot worse," said Luccki.

Despite the damage, Natasha Foster is staying optimistic.

The car wiped out all three of her bedrooms and destroyed much of what was inside her home, but she's grateful no one was injured.

"My family is safe. The driver is safe. All that is materialistic - that stuff can be replaced. Lives cannot," said Foster.

Restoring her peace of mind will prove to be a challenge.

Foster works for the school corporation and was given the option to take some time off this week with her kids.

"I opted not to take the time off for the Spring Break, so I'm very thankful I did not," said Foster.

Otherwise she would've been home when the accident happened.

The insurance company is evaluating the damage.

Foster says she and her family will be staying in a hotel until repairs are complete.


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