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Out-of-control SUV goes airborne before hitting Midland home

No injuries reported after vehicle ends up on its roof

No injuries are being reported by police after a vehicle flew through the air on Queen Street and ended up striking a house this morning in Midland.

A passerby described it like a scene out of a movie, with a driver first striking the large garbage bins now being delivered throughout the region and then apparently losing control after crossing Yonge Street onto Queen and coming to rest on its roof.

“It’s amazing nobody was hurt, either on the street or in the vehicle,” said neighbour Ian Hodgson. “It just flew across the street."

Hodgson said he was sitting in his living room enjoying a cup of coffee when he noticed the silver SUV accelerating before crossing over a row of hedges, becoming airborne and careening into the home.

“Two younger people got out of the vehicle and helped the elderly driver out,” he added. “Everyone just got up and walked away. They seemed okay, but they must be all in shock.”

About six Southern Georgian Bay OPP officers, three tow-trucks along with paramedics and firefighters arrived at the scene with police placing barricades at both ends of Queen between Yonge and Hannah Street.

A short time later, a tow truck managed to lift the vehicle off the ground, but not before bursting its radiator with steam hissing from the heavily damaged vehicle.

OPP are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

Ute and Wolfgang Theiss are landlords of the home that was hit. Damage seemed limited to the home’s left front corner. They were among a crowd of about 30 people who watched the scene from an adjacent sidewalk.

Added Ute Theiss: “It was amazing that it missed all of her (her tenant) Halloween decorations."

Andrew Philips

About the Author: Andrew Philips

Community Editor Andrew Philips is a multiple award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in some of the country‚Äôs most respected news outlets. Originally from Midland, Philips returned to the area from Québec City a decade ago.
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