2 children injured after vehicle crashes into Oakland home and causes fire, authorities say

ByRyan Curry KGO logo
Sunday, February 19, 2023
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Two children have been taken to a hospital for injuries after a car crashed into an Oakland home, causing a structure fire, says the fire department.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Two children were transported to the hospital after a car lost control and struck a home in the Oakland Hills on Saturday.

It caused concern among residents in the neighborhood because the car also struck a gas line.

Surveillance video captured the moment the car lost control, crashing into a home on Sereno Circle where high flames were seen coming from the car.

"I heard commotion and then I got a message from my next door neighbor to get out of the house as soon as possible," said Cliff Morrison, who lives in the area.

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Morrison says he left as soon as possible after the Oakland Fire Department says his car was right on top of a gas line.

"When I walked out my front door I could see the garage next door to mine was on fire as well so I was afraid it was going to spread."

Oakland fire says PG&E eventually cut the gas to the neighborhood.

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They say no other structures were at risk of catching fire once they contained the first fire.

The suspect's car brakes stopped working.

"As they came across the intersection and came down campus, it sounds like they had brake failure. It came across and struck the house," said James Bowron, Battalion Chief with the Oakland Fire Department.

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Officials say two adults and three children were in the car when it crashed.

Two of those children went to the hospital with minor injuries.

"Due to the mechanism of injury, due to the fact the vehicle came down Campus Drive, crossed Redwood and hit the structure with force, we want to make sure the kids are OK and they are checked out," Chief Bowron said.

Oakland fire says the official cause of the crash that led to the fire is under investigation.

Morrison says he has lived in the neighborhood for 22 years and says the hill has had several crashes in the past.

"Probably about three or four times we have had people come barreling through that intersection and hit houses or hit the retaining wall," he said.

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