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3 Injured After SUV Crashes Into Lower Southampton Home

By Todd Quinones

LOWER SOUTHAMPTON Twp., Pa., (CBS) – An SUV crashes into a house in Bucks County, injuring three people.

Chopper 3 over the scene at the 300 block of Fox Hollow Drive in Lower Southampton Township.

Neighbors tell CBS 3 it appears a mom and her two daughters had to be taken to an area hospital. Neighbors say the mom was driving an SUV when she lost control, cut across a front lawn, and launched right into the home.

Rita Murtha and her son Jeff were home watching TV in the family living room when all of a sudden they heard a loud bang and felt their house shake.

The SUV demolished part of the front wall of their home, then tore into the garage with such force it nearly came out the other side.

"It was so loud, you know, and then my son said let's just hurry up, get out of the house," Rita Murtha said.

It was just after 7 p.m. Wednesday night when the SUV careened off of Fox Hollow Drive and crashed into the Murtha's home inside the Sweetwater Farms development.

Two girls in the SUV, who are believed to be in their young teens, were able to get out of the SUV with the help of some neighbors, but firefighters says the woman was trapped.

"My first rescue on scene deployed the Jaws of Life into the garage, had to pop the door open to extricate the one victim that was in the car," Lower Southampton Fire Chief Steve Kriepel said.

Jeff Murtha says it appears the driver may have had some kind of medical issue.

"You might suspect it might be a seizure or something like that. When we tried to get her out she was in and out of consciousness and her eyes were rolling around around, but we don't know for sure," he said.

L&I crews are expected Thursday morning to determine if the house needs to be torn down.

Neighbors were stunned to see the amount of damage.

"In a moment, you know, your life could change. Look at that. Who would ever think that you'd see that much destruction in the middle of a quiet neighborhood," neighbor George Benonis said.

All three were taken to St. Mary's Medical Center.  CBS 3 is told the two girls appear to be fine, and the woman right now is listed in good condition.


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