Neighbors in the 600 block of South 10th Street in Belleville were awakened early Saturday morning by the sound of a loud crash, then flashing emergency lights.
A car went through an intersection at South 10th and Raab Avenue about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, then went down a 50-foot embankment and into a shallow creek, according to a tweet from the Belleville Fire Department. The driver and several passengers were trapped, according to the tweet.
"This isn't the first time a car has wound up in our yard," said Margaret Seper, who lives at 602 S. 10th St.
The embankment is across the street from Henry Raab School near a three-way intersection. Tire marks on the street and the yard appeared to show the car traveled south on South 10th Street before it left the roadway.
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Seper heard the crash, then saw lights and men in her yard before 5 a.m. Saturday.
Josh Rosier, who lives next-door and on the other side of the ravine, said his dog began to bark and he saw an ambulance in his yard. He saw a stretcher behind put into the back of it.
"I went down there, but the firefighters were too busy. They had a lot on their hands right then," Rosier said.
The fire department's tweet stated that the driver, who was referred to as a female, and several passengers were injured.
Belleville Police were not immediate available for comment Saturday morning.
"I'm hoping it wasn't too bad," Seper said.