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Family reacts to truck crashing into their soon-to-be home

Posted at 6:28 PM, Sep 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 06:57:27-04

A Mid-Michigan family is counting their blessings after a truck slams into their soon-to-be home.

The accident could have a had a much different ending.

"I mean, just brokenhearted. We were so excited. This was going to be our first home and then it just ended," Rachel Turpin said.

Turpin says that the family was supposed to move into their new home on Sunday and Monday, but their dream was shattered

"I got a phone call from my husband saying that he had really bad news and that the house had gotten ran into by a car and I couldn't believe it," she said.

A stolen car, traveling at dangerously high speeds hit the vacant home, knocking it off its foundation. The house now has to be torn down. Neighbors say the sound of the crash woke them up.

"Well it was about 2:30 and I heard this loud bang and it woke me up and I heard the sirens. Definitely panic mode because we are only two doors down. It was the middle of the night, nobody would be expecting a car to plow through their living room, their bedroom or their bathroom," neighbor Dory Willaims said.

The truck crashed into the side of the family's house. The family tells FOX 47 that it was right next to where their youngest daughter's bedroom would have been, so they are just happy that nobody was home.

"I'm very thankful, the fact that nobody was in this house, and you know, the fact that they hit this house instead of any other house on the block with kids in it," Turpin said.

Both neighbors and Turpin say that they hope the accident serves as a wake-up call for people to slow down, especially in residential areas like Cesar E. Chavez Avenue.

"This street is busier than people think and that turn comes really quickly. People don't realize that you have to slow down because it is a residential," Willaims said.

"Its a 30 mph down here, and people don't follow that and kids are playing down here all the time. This could have easily been somebody else living here and then somebody got killed or seriously injured," Turpin added.