Vehicles crash into homes in separate Madison County incidents

News-DemocratApril 23, 2013 

Vehicles crashed into homes in two separate, unrelated incidents within the last day in Madison County.

A man lost control of his truck shortly after 9 a.m. Monday and crashed into a duplex at 1821 Esic Drive in Edwardsville. Lt. Mike Fillback of the Edwardsville Police Department said the driver had a medical condition, which caused him to lose control of his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado truck. He struck a mailbox, crossed the yard and hit the duplex at its corner.

No one was home at the time, Fillback said. "There was no injury to anyone other than the driver," he said. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital, but primarily due to his medical condition, Fillback said.

No charges are being filed. The truck and the house both sustained significant damage. Fillback said the city building inspector had examined the building and determined that it will need significant repair before the residents can return.

In Wood River, police are trying to determine what caused the driver of a sport utility vehicle to crash into the house at 118 Avalon Drive shortly after midnight Tuesday morning.

A Chevrolet Trailblazer ran into the front porch and through the front wall of the frame house, according to police.

Police have not yet said if there were any injuries either inside the home or in the wrecked SUV.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 239-2507.

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