A speeding SUV somehow launches from the curb and lands on the roof of a house, crushing the structure beneath it and baffling authorities and residents alike.
This isn’t a scene from the latest “Fast & Furious” movie. The very real, very destructive crash occurred in the Walnut Park West neighborhood of St. Louis on Sunday, severely damaging the home of 66-year-old Bruce Redding and seriously injuring the driver.
Redding was at the gym when his friends called to tell him what had happened. When Redding got back home, the wreck was still smoldering, he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“This is everything that I’ve worked for all my life,” Redding told the newspaper. “And for someone to run through a stop sign and destroy it …”
Redding, who lives alone, said the house has been in the family for 40 years. He recently retired. Fortunately, he said, he had family and friends who would be able to look out for him. The house appears to be perched on a small hill overlooking the street, making it all the more astonishing that the car got so high in the air. It remains unclear how the 2003 GMC Envoy ended up on the roof, but a spokesperson for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said the investigation was ongoing. Police noted that witnesses saw the car traveling at high speed before the crash.
The driver was a 41-year old male, according to police. “The vehicle’s occupant was rescued and transported by EMS in critical condition,” the St. Louis Fire Department posted on Facebook. A video posted by the department depicting the SUV’s predicament had been viewed more than 130,000 times as of Monday afternoon. KMOV-TV reported that the driver was trapped in the car for an hour before being rescued and that it took three hours for the car to be removed from the roof.
“People do drive pretty fast in that area. I’ve never seen anybody come that fast,” a witness, Larry Davis, told KMOV. “I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen anything like that in my life … and I probably won’t ever see it again.