A woman lost control of her vehicle and drove into the side of an occupied Bagdad home Tuesday afternoon, causing substantial damage to the residence and prompting tenants to seek other housing, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A late-model GMC Yukon, driven by Agnes Marie Madlock, 40, Milton, left the roadway, clipping one side of a home on Ventura Boulevard with the front passenger side, FHP says. Then Madlock plowed over a wire fence and slammed into the side of a second house at 4404 Woodville Rd. The wheels spun and dug into the earth, leaving the vehicle in place, reports note.
"I heard a boom, boom, boom," says Ervin Long, who was inside the home when the vehicle crashed through the side of his house. "At first, I thought it was a big tree. Oh yeah, it was scary," Long says. "The engine was still revving."
There was an estimated $3,500 worth of damage to the 2005 GMC Madlock was driving. No airbags deployed during the incident, though Madlock was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident. FHP says the wreck caused substantial damage to the home.
The tenants were advised to find safe living conditions by officials who questioned the integrity of the home.
"I didn't feel confident that it was structurally sound," says Bagdad Fire Department Lieutenant Gary Yeagley. "The damage seemed too massive."
Long says his family might be able to stay with friends while the home is repaired.
Madlock was transported to the hospital with minor injuries where she was treated and released. She was issued a citation for careless driving by the Florida Highway Patrol.