Several people injured after car strikes house in northwest London

London firefighters respond to a collision between a car and a home on Oakcrossing Gate at Sarnia Road on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. London Fire Department

Several people were sent to hospital after a vehicle crashed into a home in northwest London early Tuesday morning.

It happened just before 12:30 a.m. when a red car veered off the road and crashed into the side of a home on Oakcrossing Gate at Sarnia Road.

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The collision caused a fire, and emergency crews responded to the scene.

Two people inside the home, as well as the occupant of the vehicle, were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The fire has been extinguished, but significant damage was done to the home. A city structural engineer will be called in to assess the home. Police say the damage to the home and vehicle are pegged at $800,000.

Neighbour Jose Pineda, who lives right next door, said at first he thought there had been a multi-vehicle collision.

“I hear tires squealing, and it was louder than usual, but something seemed off, and then I heard the crash, and it shook the house.”

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“We were scared. We thought our house was going to be next.”

Pineda said his initial fear was that this crash was a repeat of what happened in the Old East Village a year ago but is grateful that was not the case.

“I feel awful that this happened to our neighbours. It was a really unfortunate situation,” Pineda said.

A 26-year-old Brittany Marie O’Neil of London faces two impaired driving charges and is due in court in Jan. 21, 2021.

“In this incident, we had a citizen that had information prior to the collision taking place so that information is helpful with respect to the investigation,” Const. Sandasha Bough said.

Over the last few weeks, Bough said they have received several 911 calls about impaired drivers, adding that with that information, they can quickly respond and make an arrest ideally before someone gets injured.

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