ZACHARY, La. (WAFB) – A woman was rescued and is now being rushed to the hospital after her car crashed into the roof of a Zachary home on Friday, November 2nd. 11. Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said the driver likely had a medical emergency before the crash.
First responders were called to the scene in the 2300 block of Rita Street around 5:30 Friday night.
Brandon Lacoste lives in a nearby home and said he heard what sounded like an explosion. When he went to investigate, he saw the wrecked car stuck on the roof.
“My grandmother assumed it was a transformer. I ran out the door and saw a guy running from the park pointing at the roof,” Lacoste said.
Lacoste tells WAFB that two children were in the house at the time, but escaped through a back door thanks to the older brother’s quick thinking. He says community members called the children’s parents who ran home to make sure the siblings weren’t hurt.
“The kids are perfectly fine. They’re very scared,” Lacoste said. “We’re a big neighborhood. We usually come together when something like this happens. We’re good at going out and making sure everyone’s OK and keeping everyone calm.”
Neighbors came out of their homes and watched as firefighters worked to stabilize the vehicle so they could pull the driver to safety. McDavid said both the car and the house were badly damaged. He said firefighters feared the home might collapse during the rescue. Other researchers worked to figure out how exactly the car got airborne.
“I’m not sure what happened, but they had to be going at a pretty good speed to hit the gutter, jump, hit the tree and end up on the roof,” Lacoste said. “I’ve been a first responder for four years and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Lacoste wasn’t sure if the woman lived in the neighborhood, but said he recognized the car.
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