CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A man has been transported to the hospital after crashing into the side of a home, ending up in a wooded area and becoming trapped inside a pickup truck.
Dispatchers say they received the call for an accident in the 3500 block of Dunedin Drive, around 6:12 a.m. Police and fire crews were then dispatched to the scene.
Witnesses tell WAVY.com the driver was traveling down Dunedin Drive at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and crashed into a home nearby, before ending up in a wooded area.
Bobby Nichols and David Brown, who witnessed the crash, said they saw flames coming from underneath the vehicle. “I ran over, called 911 and I seen the flames engulf and started spreading, so you know, I’m trying to tell the guy, ‘come on, let’s get out, let’s get out,’ said Brown. “All you hear him saying is, ‘my foot, my foot, my foot.’ I thought of it, I said all right, we got fire, called one of the neighbors to see if they got an extinguisher, luckily he works for the fire department so he came and helped us out.”
The witnesses said the neighbor, who happened to be a fire fighter was able to assist the victim until crews arrived.
Brown adds, “When he [the driver] was pulled out, he really couldn’t move, his neck was hurting. I think his right knee…he said that’s where most of his pain was coming from.”
The homeowner tells WAVY.com the car hit the area near the family room, however, no one was inside the home at the time of the crash.
Chesapeake Police say the 72-year-old driver was transported to Norfolk General Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police say it appears the driver may have suffered a medical emergency.
This accident remains under investigation.