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'Boom!': Neighbor describes crash into porch

Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 4:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 7:39 p.m. CDT
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Two vehicles hit the porch of a house on the ON500 block of Armstrong Lane in Blackberry Township on Friday night.

BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – A car and a pickup truck that smashed into a porch on the 0N500 block of Armstrong Lane demolished a stone pillar next to cement front steps and knocked over a tree and some shrubs as they careened from Brundige Road at the intersection of Armstrong Lane, neighbors said.

Gary Johnson, who lives across the street, said he heard the crash about 10:45 p.m. Friday. He said he went outside to see what happened.

"I heard two cars colliding, and a few seconds later, a 'Boom!' " Johnson said. "One was a pickup truck, and one was an older, smaller Lincoln."

Johnson said he called 911, and as he was talking to emergency dispatchers, the drivers, two teen boys, came out.

"Both were on their cellphones trying to call their parents or whoever," he said. "I got off my phone, and I asked, 'What happened guys? Are you all right?' I asked how old they were, and they both said they were 17."

Johnson said the boys told him they were friends and both were driving in the same direction, south on Brundige.

"The one driving the truck said he was coming up to the corner here and was going to turn left, and the other kid came up and hit him and they both went into the house," Johnson said. "I talked to them. They were very, very nice young guys. They were sober – to my knowledge – and right then the firemen got there and took them right into the ambulance. And then their parents got here."

Kane County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler said the two drivers were ticketed and taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, but further details were unavailable Monday.

Officials of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District were unavailable Monday to provide details.

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