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Thu, Aug 17, 2017

SUV crashes into house near Williamsport

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The driver of this vehicle was transported to Berger Hospital for treatment after crashing into the side of a home on U.S. Route 22. (Photos by Trish Bennett)
The vehicle traveled through the yard of the property before impacting with the house.
This photo shows the wall behind and under the computer desk inside the house. The homeowner said it sounded like an explosion when the vehicle struck the house.
This view shows more detail of the damage as the vehicle was being removed by the towing company.

WILLIAMSPORT - A Williamsport man escaped serious injury Friday when an SUV crashed into the wall of his bedroom on U.S. Route 22.

Steve Whitrock, 67, said he was sitting at the computer desk in his bedroom at 10498 U.S. Route 22 West about 12:49 p.m. when the wall suddenly started to move.

"It sounded like a terrible explosion," Whitrock said. "Everything started flying through the air - glass, the computer, the printer, everything. It's a real mess."

Whitrock said he suffered just a minor scratch on his arm, and he was treated by medics at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, Melissa K. Holstein, 36, of Canal Winchester, was transported to Berger Hospital by Circleville Fire Department medics following the crash, according to Deputy Kevin Graul.

Graul said Holstein was traveling eastbound on Route 22 when her Chrysler Pacifica drifted across the center line and went off the left side of the roadway, traveling through the yard of Whitrock's property and crashing into the side of the home.

Graul said her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

County building inspectors on the scene said the crash did not cause severe structural damage to the house but advised Whitrock to avoid the impacted room until repairs could be made.

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