Teen girl crashes car into house

March 1, 2009 5:49:13 PM PST
A girl in her late teens crashed into a house in Foster City late Saturday night, leaving the dining room in shambles but injuring no one inside, a battalion chief said today.

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Sixteen firefighters and more than a dozen police officers responded to the house on Sandy Hook Court around 10 p.m., where a white Ford Thunderbird was found wedged into the home's dining room, according to Battalion Chief Nick Weber.

The driver was extricated from the car and flown in an emergency helicopter to a local trauma center, Weber said. She was reportedly in critical condition.

Weber said the girl was driving south on Edgewater Boulevard, located behind Sandy Hook Court, when she went through a wooden fence, into the backyard and through the dining room.

"She ... took off a whole corner of the house," Weber said.

He said extricating the girl was difficult because "the car was hanging partway in the house," and emergency personnel had to make sure the house didn't collapse.

Removing the debris from the wreck was also tricky, according to Weber.

"It's not easing getting a vehicle out of somebody's backyard," he said.

The three occupants of the two-story house were upstairs when the crash occurred. Their home was deemed uninhabitable and they stayed with family for the remainder of the night, according to Weber.

The cause of the crash and whether alcohol was a factor are under investigation.

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