Vehicle crashes into house in Winston-Salem


The scene where a truck that was being towed broke loose and ran into the living room of a house at 4498 Ogburn Ave. in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sunday Apr. 13, 2014. No one was injured in the accident. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Residents of a home on Ogburn Avenue are thankful no one was injured Sunday night when a driverless vehicle crashed through a house wall.

Sgt. Stephen Blemings with the Winston-Salem Police Department said a man was towing a Chevrolet Suburban about 6:30 p.m. Sunday when the tow bar broke and the Suburban rolled into the front of the house at 4498 Ogburn Ave. The front of the vehicle partially crashed through the wall and window.

No injuries were reported.

Franco Caban, who lives down the street, said he was towing his Chevrolet Suburban with a Ford Explorer when the Suburban spun his Explorer around while going down a hill. The Suburban broke loose. Caban was towing the vehicle about a quarter of a mile.

Caban said he checked first to make sure that no one was injured.

“To me alive is more important than any material,” Caban said.

Roy Rhymer said he lives there with his fiancé, Kijuana Foster, and four children. Rhymer said he heard tires squeal and saw the vehicle shoot toward the house.

“I went blank,” Rhymer said.

“It’s still a blessing,” he added, noting that he had just told the kids to stay in their rooms.

The vehicle hit the front of the living room, where Rhymer is usually sitting. He happened to be in another room at the time.

Shirley Gaither, owner of the property, said she got a call Sunday night about the accident.

“I’m just thankful nobody got hurt,” she said.

She watched as members of the Winston-Salem Fire Department tried to brace up the front end of the house with wooden beams.

“I just want to get it fixed,” Gaither said.

Officer F.M. Doyle with the police department said the driver would just be issued a traffic citation for towing a vehicle that was not firmly attached.

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