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Out-of-control SUV goes airborne, plows through SLO home

San Luis Obispo firefighters evaluate a home near the intersection of Lawton Avenue and Mitchell Drive where an SUV lost control Tuesday and plowed through the front wall.
San Luis Obispo firefighters evaluate a home near the intersection of Lawton Avenue and Mitchell Drive where an SUV lost control Tuesday and plowed through the front wall.

An out-of-control SUV plowed through three rooms of a San Luis Obispo home Tuesday afternoon, causing significant damage but no injuries.

Two women were driving in a Toyota 4Runner near the intersection of Lawton Avenue and Mitchell Drive around 3 p.m. when the driver missed a turn and instead careened straight into a home, according to Battalion Chief Bob Bisson of the San Luis Obispo Fire Department.

Witnesses said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, which caused it to go airborne — it reached around 6 or 7 feet in the air — when it hit the property’s berm-like front yard, Bisson said. The vehicle crashed through the home’s front living room area, Bisson said, and then through the kitchen and bedroom before being stopped by the back wall of the house.

Neither of the two residents were home at the time of the crash, and a dog managed to escape the accident area, Bisson said. The women were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, he said. San Luis Obispo police Sgt. Jeff Booth said the crash was caused by a medical incident, and no one involved was arrested or charged.

Bisson estimated the crash caused around $50,000 to $100,000 in damage to the home. The residents told responders they planned to stay with family in the area while the house is repaired.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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