Car crashes into Shiloh apartment building, two units condemned

News-DemocratJuly 11, 2014 

The residents of two Shiloh apartments are without a place to live Friday morning after a car crashed into their building, causing an inspector to condemn their homes.

According to Shiloh Police Department Sgt. Sean Joy, the crash happened at about 7:50 a.m. The driver of black Mazda, Christopher Sandefur, 27 of Shiloh, told police he was trying to park when the car surged forward without warning, jumped the parking block and hit the apartment building at 3021 E. B St. and sped across the grass into the building.

"The apartment where the car struck was occupied at the time of the crash, but no one was injured," Joy said. "That includes the driver of the car."

Police said the vehicle suffered only minor damage. But the wall of the apartment building buckled under the impact causing a building inspector to condemn the apartment where the vehicle struck and the one above it on the second floor until repairs can be made.

Sandefur was not ticketed in the crash. He told police he planned to have his car towed to a repair shop to try to determine why it surged out of control. Police said they did not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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