October 12, 2013

In Maine, a crash in the night, a car in the bedroom

A Maine family escapes serious injury when an out-of-control vehicle takes out a wall.

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

BELGRADE — A loud explosion woke Amy Faucher, who gathered up her 5-year-old daughter and ran downstairs calling to her 11-year-old as a loud unfamiliar whirring sound filled the house.

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Jeff Faucher was asleep in his Belgrade home Thursday night when a Oldsmobile crashed through his bedroom wall. He initially thought he was unharmed, but sought medical care Friday when his leg and foot began to swell, his wife said.

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An Oldsmobile crashed through a wall into this home on Knowles Road in Belgrade on Thursday night.

Contributed photo by Becky Pepper

“I thought maybe we were having a bad storm or maybe a lightning strike,” she said.

Then she looked into the first floor bedroom where she had been sleeping about a half hour earlier Thursday when she got up to tend to her daughter.

A silver Oldsmobile had penetrated the bedroom wall of the Knowles Road home, the bumper resting on the bed where her husband Jeff had been sleeping, the tires still spinning.

“I asked my husband if he was all right,” she said on Friday. “I didn’t realize what a close call it was at the time.”

No one was injured, according to initial reports, but Faucher said her husband’s leg and foot began to swell afterward, and he sought medical care on Friday.

Dust from plaster and an airbag filled the room, splinters and chunks from broken timbers rained from the wall. An air conditioner had fallen onto a child’s bed that was next to theirs, and a cross was resting face up on that bed.

The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate.

Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon said Friday that the car, driven by Adam Sirois, 32, of Farmingdale, was traveling along Knowles Road about 45 miles per hour.

“The next thing he knew, he lost control, no steering and no brakes, and he careened into the side of the house,” Reardon said. The front half of the car ended up inside the house.

It could have been a tired driver or mechanical failure, Reardon said. Police did not issue any citations and Reardon said there was no indication alcohol was involved.

Faucher grew up in the home at 322 Knowles Road and she worried that the damage to the 1880s house would weaken the structure, causing the second floor to drop.

However, after spending the remainder of the night at a relative’s home, the Fauchers were back home and having a meal by 1 p.m. Friday as they awaited visits by insurance adjusters.

Despite the injury to her husband, Faucher said she was grateful the rest of the family and their pets were spared.

“I just feel that all the angels were watching over us,” Faucher said. 

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