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SUV crashes into living room of West Valley home

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 9 2011 4:23 p.m. MDT

Home owner Gayle Brakke, center right, talks with friend and neighbor Peggy Russon in front of her home after an SUV crashed into her home. West Valley firefighters and police officers responded Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, to 3401 W. 3540 South where a Nissan SUV slammed into a home. The driver reportedly had some sort of a medical problem and lost control.

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

WEST VALLEY CITY — Police say a woman suffered a "medical condition" while driving Tuesday, and her SUV ended up in the living room of a residence.

A 46-year-old woman was driving near 3400 West and 3540 South about 1:30 p.m. when she suffered some sort of medical problem, said West Valley Fire Marshall Bob Fitzgerald.

The vehicle went off the road and crashed through a house, coming to rest in the living room. A mother and her 20-year-old son were home at the time of the accident but both were in other parts of the home and not injured.

Fitzgerald said the homeowner thought initially the noise was coming from her cat knocking pictures off the mantle.

The woman was able to walk about of the car on her own power. She was alert and oriented when emergency crews arrived, Fitzgerald said.

"It was one of those freak things," he said.

It took rescue crews a couple of hours to shore up the house before they could pull the SUV out. Damage to the home was estimated at between $20,000 and $30,000. Fitzgerald said it would be a while before the family would be able to stay in their home again.

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