Woman Rescued After Car Goes Airborne, Crashes into Attic of Louisiana Home
A car ended up stuck in the attic of a Louisiana home after a violent impact somehow launched the vehicle airborne, crashing into the roof.
Investigators are still working to figure out what exactly happened in a crash that happened Friday night around 5:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Rita Street in Zachary, LA.
First responders arrived on the scene to see a mangled car stuck in the roof of the home and immediately got to work in an effort to stabilize the vehicle once they realized the driver was still inside.
Neighbors had already begun gathering after they "heard what sounded like an explosion." Brandon Lacoste was one of those neighbors, telling FOX 8 that he was shocked when he realized the source of the loud noises his family heard.
My grandmother assumed it was a transformer. I ran out of the door and saw a guy running from the park pointing towards the roof
Lacoste also says that quick thinking from an older sibling in the house was able to get the two children (a 13-year-old and an 8-year-old) who were home to safety.
Their parents reportedly rushed home once they received word from neighbors as to what had happened.
The kids are perfectly fine. They are just extremely scared. We’re a great neighborhood. We usually come together when something happens like this. We’re good at coming out and making sure everybody is ok and keeping everyone calm.
According to FOX 8, neighbors anxiously watched as first responders worked to pull the female driver from the vehicle. Once the woman was pulled to safety, she was reportedly airlifted to the hospital but her current condition is unknown.
Zachary Police Chief David McDavid believes that the driver "likely suffered a medical emergency" before crashing into the house.
The damage to both the vehicle and the house is said to be extensive as firefighters were worried "the home could collapse during the rescue." It is still unknown how the car managed to go airborne, but witnesses reportedly saw the car "driving upwards of 80 miles per hour before crashing into the ditch."
Lacoste, a former first responder says it's the first time he's ever seen anything like this incident.
I’m not sure what happened, but they had to be going quite a good speed to hit the ditch, jump, hit the tree and end up in the roof. I was a first responder for four years and I’ve never seen nothing like this.
Police say the woman was conscious before being airlifted to the hospital and we will update this story when more information is made available.
See the full story here via FOX 8.