A Montgomery County family escaped with their lives and little else after a vehicle crashed into their home in the middle of the night, setting it ablaze. The car accident that made the five-member family homeless is still under investigation.
It took an entire day for police to identify the two victims of a fiery crash that began when a vehicle smashed into a Hatboro family’s car and then their home. Investigative reports say police don’t yet know what caused a 26-year-old Philadelphia woman to lose control of her car in the early morning hours.
Police have been able to find out that the car driver was traveling westbound when she crashed into a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home at Fitch and Byberry Roads. The car then careened into a residence, triggering a fast-spreading fire. Reports say the car driver and her 27-year-old male passenger died at the scene of severe burns and smoke inhalation.
A photo posted to NBC Philadelphia’s website shows the charred scene. The home is barely recognizable as once inhabitable.
The accident and fire occurred just after 1:40 a.m. one day last week, consuming the home quickly and allowing only a short time for a couple and their three children to escape. No one in the residence was injured, but the family lost their home and is staying with relatives. Money is being raised by members of the community to help them start over.
Police and fire investigators are continuing to study what happened. So far, details of any possible reason that the Philadelphia driver failed to maintain control of her vehicle have not been made public.
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