WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Sept. 24, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A passenger car barreled through the living room wall of a West Valley City home just feet away from a young boy, after colliding with a Utah Transit Authority bus Monday morning.
West Valley City Police Department Lt. Amy Maurer told Gephardt Daily the incident occurred in the area of 4100 W. 3100 South at approximately 7:45 a.m.
“We received a call of an accident involving a passenger car and a UTA bus,” Maurer said. “What we were given is that the vehicle was northbound on 4100 West, it T-bones into 3100 South. The driver of the sedan attempted to turn right, or eastbound, in doing so a UTA bus was eastbound as well and they collided. After the collision the sedan was thrown into a house at 3100 South and 4087 West.”
The driver of the sedan was transported to an area hospital in good condition. There was also a teenage girl in the car. She was uninjured as were people inside the home.
Maurer said there was one minor injury reported on the UTA bus and that person was evaluated on scene and released.
Desiree Hosking, who lives in the home, told Gephardt Daily: “My little boy had just gotten up and gotten a drink and then turned on our living room TV to watch some cartoons before school started and then a car came through the living room wall and missed him by about three feet.”
Hosking said she was in her room when the incident occurred, which is adjacent to the living room. She described the sound she heard when the car hit. “It was a lot of screeching and banging and glass shattering. I first started to look out the window until I heard my father-in-law yell my son’s name because I didn’t know he was in the living room, I thought he went and laid back down in his room.” Hosking added her father-in-law had walked through the front door right before the incident occurred, and the front door was destroyed by the car.
“I walked to the front room first to see what had happened and get my little boy, then gave him to my mom then got the other two kids out of the house, through the back door, so they could get outside and be safe. I got outside just after the paramedics got here.”
Maurer added: “It appears that the vehicle did some extensive damage to the home, we had the building inspector come out and evaluate the structure and shore up the home for the homeowners and the vehicle was obviously towed away. With all the people involved, we are just glad there weren’t more serious injuries.”
Maurer said that police are still investigating the exact cause of the accident, including whether the driver may have suffered a medical emergency. She said at this time it does not appear that distracted or impaired driving played a role in the incident.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.