Car crashes into living room of house, three people taken to hospital

Joe Gibbons jgibbons@thetelegram.com
Published on May 25, 2014
Crash closeup

Published on 25 May 2014

A vehicle hit a home on Blackmarsh Road in St. John's around suppertime Sunday. The collision caused the front of the car to smash through to the living room of the home, where homeowner Jackie Murphy was seated on her couch. Two occupants of the car were taken to hospital, and Murphy, who was not in the path of the collision, but was shaken and covered with debris, was also taken to hospital to be checked. — Photos by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Crash 2

Published on 25 May 2014

A wider view of a car that crashed into a home on Blackmarsh Road opposite Albany Street in St. John's Sunday around suppertime. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Police investigate

Published on 25 May 2014

An RNC officer records information about the scene of a crash in which a car smashed through the exterior corner of a Blackmarsh Road home into its living room. One woman was seated in the room and was taken to hospital. Two occupants of the car were also transported to hospital. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Living room damage

Published on 25 May 2014

An interior shot of the livingroom of a home on Blackmarsh Road  in St. John's that was hit by a car shows some of the damage of the impact. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Interior damage

Published on 25 May 2014

Insulation and debris litter the living of a home on Blackmarsh Road that was struck by a car around suppertime Sunday. A woman seated in the room at the time did not sustain serious injuries. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Vehicle moved

Published on 25 May 2014

A wide view of the scene of an accident on Blackmarsh Road in St. John's where a car smashed into the living room of a house shows the scene after the vehicle was moved back from the impact site.<br />— Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

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Three people were taken to hospital with undetermined injuries Sunday around suppertime after a car crashed into the living room of 128 Blackmarsh Rd., opposite Albany Street in St. John’s.

Homeowner Jackie Murphy was seated on her living room couch when the vehicle smashed into the wall. She was struck with part of a beam that cracked off as a result of the crash, which sent that and other debris on top of her.

There was extensive damage inside the home. It was the second time that the house had a vehicle crash into it, her husband Mike Murphy noted, saying that first incident occurred before they moved into the house a number of years ago.

At the scene RNC spokesman Const. Geoff Higdon said told the media that “shortly after 5 p.m., a vehicle was headed north on Albany Street attempting to turn right and head east onto Blackmarsh Road. And it’s not known at this time what caused the vehicle to collide with the house behind me.” (See video and photo gallery.)

There were two occupants of the vehicle, Higdon said.

“One of the person’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening at this time, and the other person was taken to hospital as a precautionary (move). We’re not sure at this time the extent of the injuries.”

As for Jackie Murphy, Higdon said she “was also conveyed to the hospital just to be checked out as well. I’m not exactly sure where she was sitting to in the living room, but she was sitting on the couch. I know that for sure and there is a fair amount of damage inside the home,” he said.

Mike Murphy, while surveying the damage, said, “It could be a lot worse. We could (have been) burying someone in a few days,” referring to his wife. He said she was not sitting directly in the path of the impact. He told The Telegram Sunday evening she is doing fine.

The St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighters and Eastern Health paramedics responded to the 911 call, as did the RNC street patrol and Const. Mitch Rumbolt of the RNC identification section to gather evidence.

An Avalon Towing Ltd. flatbed truck removed the vehicle from the house and took it away to undergo a mechanical inspection to help the RNC determine the cause of the accident.