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Several Hurt After Car Slams Into House In Queens

Homeowner Says Same Kind Of Wreck Happened 6 Years Ago

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Seven people were taken to the hospital after a car crashed into a house in Queens.

It happened around 7 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 133rd Avenue in the Cambria Heights section.

Homeowner Pat Austin said two cars collided on the corner, sending one car into her front yard and other into the side of her house. A deck, a tree and part of a fence were smashed.

Seven people were taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital, but no one was seriously hurt.

Austin said this isn’t the first time a car has crashed into her home.

“This is the second time in six years the exact same accident has happened,” she told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “I have actually had a car in my house twice.”

“It sounded almost like a bomb,” neighbor Jim Dingle told CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang. “I served in Vietnam, and it sounded like that, to be honest with you.”

A car slammed into a house in Queens on Friday, May 3, 2013. (credit: Pat Austin)

A car slammed into a house in Queens on Friday, May 3, 2013. (credit: Pat Austin)

In the past decade, Austin said she has replaced her fence once a year because drivers blow through lights. When a car went into her deck five years ago, it cost her $4,000 to rebuild.

Other residents on the block have similar stories about out of control cars at the intersection and many are asking the city to put in speed bumps to slow drivers down.

“We’re begging, it’s horrible,” resident Roxanne Depeiza told CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang.

“Especially about 4 a.m. until about 8:30 a.m., they fly through,” said Dingle.

Austin said if the neighborhood doesn’t get help from the city soon, someone may end up seriously hurt.

“What if I was coming down the stairs? What if I was standing on the corner? Absolutely, would have been a tragedy,” she said.

“It’s scary… we have to around the corner and my children are in danger,” said neighbor Roxanne Depeiza. “Please help.”

The Department of Transportation told CBS 2 there were no fatalities, pedestrian injuries or any serious injuries at the intersection of 133rd Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard between 2007 and 2011, the most recent years for which data is available.

Police are still investigating Friday’s crash, but say no criminality is suspected.

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