A car crashed into a Morris Avenue home, sending two people to the hospital, including a small child.
Emergency responders said that some time around 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, an elderly driver of a town car lost control of his vehicle. Reportedly swaying the vehicle as he drove the one-way street, the driver—described by neighbors and emergency responders as in his 70s or older—lost control of his vehicle and spun into a single family home set set back from the road.
His car was lodged into the home up to the windshield and required firefighters and emergency responders from Springfield and neighboring towns to perform emergency carpentry to extract the vehicle. Neighbors said the man was not injured in the accident.
The car slammed into the house’s basement, used by the family as a play area for the 9-month-old baby girl Ariana living inside.
Orlanda Ospina, the child’s grandmother, was inside the basement when the car crashed. Speaking through translator and family friend Jessica Gonzalez, Ospina said that she felt the house shake when the car made impact with the house.
“All of a sudden, things started falling down,” she said.
Ospina said the baby was hit by debris and started crying. The child’s mother, Bella Ramirez, was also reported hurt in the incident, reportedly sustaining injuries and cuts to her face and shoulder.
The Springfield First Aid Squad brought them to Morristown Hospital. Squad Captain Apu Mullick said the injuries were not life threatening.