Family narrowly escapes truck smashing into home

A truck smashed into a home at 16259 Countryside Blvd. in Westfield around midnight on Oct. 8. (Photo provided by John Barrett)

A Westfield family narrowly escaped serious injury when a car smashed into their home at 16259 Countryside Blvd. on Oct. 8. WFD Spokesman John Barrett said that around midnight, a father had just sat down on his couch when he heard a noise coming from outside.

“Suddenly, his bookcase began shaking and a pick-up truck slammed through the wall.  Debris flew into his living room. The truck then hit the couch and abruptly stopped,” explained Barrett. “The man yelled up to his wife, who was with their child upstairs—both were safe.”

The residents called 911 immediately and went outside of the home. Westfield firefighters arrived shortly after and jumped into action.

“The vehicle had made it halfway into the home,” said Barrett. “Firefighters worked to free the trapped driver while paramedics made sure the residents were okay.”

Within seven minutes, WFD crews had the driver out and into medical care. Barrett said the driver was released without going to the hospital and the family inside also made it out unscathed.

“While this was a tragic night for our Westfield family, we are so fortunate no one was seriously injured,” Barrett said.

After everyone was safe, firefighters spent the next hour rebuilding the demolished wall so the family could get back inside.