NORWALK, Conn. An SUV that crashed into a Norwalk home knocked a 10-foot section of the residence off its foundation, said Norwalk Fire Department Deputy Chief Edward Prescott.
The house was posted as unfit for occupancy by building officials after the Thursday crash. The property owner was working to relocate the six displaced tenants from the two apartments.
The SUV was traveling north when it left the roadway at Maple Street and Van Buren Avenue at about 10:37 a.m., as stated in a previous story. It was driven by a mother, whose young child was secured in a child seat in the back. Paramedics took both to Norwalk Hospital. The extent of their injuries was unknown, although the baby was crying and the woman was conscious before being transported.
The SUV went through a porch at 13 Van Buren and through a chain link fence before striking the right front corner of the home at 15 Van Buren. The impact knocked the front of the two-family home about six inches off its foundation. It broke the natural gas meter pipes in the basement, creating a volatile atmosphere in the home. Firefighters evacuated two adults and a small child, then secured electrical and phone lines to the home. Fans were used to vent the house as Yankee Gas workers worked to secure the gas flow into the house.
The gas line was secured by 11:30 a.m. Van Buren Avenue traffic was closed to traffic for just more than an hour as emergency crews worked. The last fire companies departed by 11:45 a.m., leaving Yankee Gas and police on the scene to investigate.
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