Car crashes through Nanaimo house, narrowly missing sleeping child

Victoria –

Police are investigating after a vehicle plowed into a house in Nanaimo, BC, narrowly missing a sleeping nine-year-old girl.

The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday when the driver lost control of her vehicle while driving south on the Old Island Highway.

The car drove over an embankment and collided with a parked car before pulling over a lawn into the house near the corner of Highland Boulevard and Cosgrove Crescent.

“There were several people in the house and no one was injured,” said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien. “The car came to a stop about six feet from where a young girl was sleeping.”

According to police, the driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries. A dog that was in the car was not injured.

An investigation into driving disorder has been launched, according to O’Brien.

Jeff Heaslip says he got home from work around 9:45 p.m. and was just going to bed when the car crashed through his daughter’s bedroom.

“When I put my head on the pillow, I heard a crash and then I went and looked out the window and heard a big crash,” he said on Monday.

Heaslip thought a tree had fallen on the house.

“I got into my daughter’s room and there was the car,” he said. “There was debris on her bed. I grabbed her and then told everyone to leave the house.”

According to police, the driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries. (Jeff Heaslip)

The vehicle remained in the side wall of the house on Monday morning.

“At this point, the vehicle is still in the house,” said O’Brien. “Fortis and [BC] Hydro and fire responded. They turn off all supply lines to the house. They are just thinking about how to get the car out of the house safely. “

Heaslip and his four children live in a hotel until engineers can assess the damage to the building.

“We try to collect as much of our belongings as possible,” said Heaslip, who thanked the community and the first responders for their support.

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