Driver injured after vehicle crashes into Allegan Co. home

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LEIGHTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A 61-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after police say she crashed her minivan into a home Monday afternoon north of Wayland.

Emergency crews were called to the 800 block of 146th Avenue in Leighton Township around 2 p.m. according to the Allegan County Sheriff's Department.

Officials say the woman told police a medical surgical boot she was wearing became caught in the gas pedal causing her to lose control. Alcohol is not believed to have played a role in the crash.

The homeowners were not home at the time of the accident. Family of the homeowners arrived on scene early Monday evening and tell FOX 17 the room impacted by the minivan is where several of the family's grandchildren usually play.

Tire tracks show where the van left 146th Avenue before crashing into home.

Tire tracks show where the van left 146th Avenue before crashing into home.

Family members said they were grateful no one was home and none of the kids were playing in the room at the time of the crash.

The home might have to be torn down because the van took out a load-bearing beam in the center crucial to supporting the structure of the house, according to the homeowner and police.

“It’s pretty extensive, it goes from the east side of the home all the way to the center of the home and a support structure beam, what we call a load bearing wall has been taken out," said David Ashton, a deputy with the Allegan County Sheriff's Department.

“I don’t think it’s any one's anticipation to come home from work and find a hole in their house, it’s quite a shock."

Officials had expressed concern over the roof possibly collapsing if the van was pulled out. Crews were able to successfully pull the vehicle from the home a few hours after the crash without incident.

"It’s really questionable, right now it’s not going to be livable," Ashton said.

The homeowner told FOX 17 they had learned about the accident after seeing pictures online and originally thought the call from police was a prank.

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2 comments

  • jeanne

    Just going to go out on a limb here and say this woman began driving when she was 16. So that means she has – at most – 45 years worth of driving experience. Are you going to tell me that in 45 years of driving she has never had an issue with a vehicle where she had to put her LEFT foot on the brake then rev the engine with her right foot to keep the car from stalling? Has she never driven a stick shift? Makes no sense to me that she would have to careen like this because her “boot got stuck”. It’s called hit the brake with your left foot and pull over. Put the car in park and fix the problem. Not to mention…why not just remove the boot to drive? Put on a slipper for the duration, then replace the boot when you get to the destination? But I’m sure she has doctor’s permission to drive, right?

  • CommonSense

    She should have to go through driving school before she drives again. From the tracks it appears she was aiming for the house