Vehicle destroys mobile home; trailer’s occupants uninjured
by Rudy Herndon
Staff Writer
Nov 14, 2013 | 1998 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A mobile home on Mill Creek Drive was destroyed Nov. 9 when an SUV crashed into the front section of the building. Photo by Zane Taylor
A mobile home on Mill Creek Drive was destroyed Nov. 9 when an SUV crashed into the front section of the building. Photo by Zane Taylor
slideshow
Three people were rattled, but otherwise unharmed, after a Murray man crashed his car into a Mill Creek Drive mobile home on Nov. 9.

Brenden McGann said that he and his girlfriend, along with her young son, were startled awake by a loud noise at about 4:40 a.m. that morning.

At first, McGann thought that a nearby cottonwood tree had toppled over. Other possible explanations rushed through his mind in the confusion that followed: Was it a car wreck? An earthquake?

He found out soon enough that a Nissan Pathfinder had driven off Mill Creek Drive and into his girlfriend’s living room, where her son had hoped to spend the night on the couch.

“We didn’t let him, thank God,” McGann said during a Nov. 13 phone interview with The Times-Independent.

The force of the crash caused so much damage that McGann had to kick a door open in order to get out of the home.

At that point, his dog bolted out of the house and ran down the street toward the Gravel Pit Lanes bowling alley. McGann chased after him, knowing that everyone else was OK.

As soon as he returned to the house, though, a new fear crept into his mind. He could smell natural gas, and with each step he took, he thought that something around him would explode.

On his way back, McGann noticed that the driver was still inside the car. McGann yelled at the man, telling him to get out of the car and away from the nearby gas line that he allegedly ruptured.

But the man appeared to be intoxicated and very disoriented, McGann said.

“He asked me what was going on,” McGann said. “He was really out of it.”

Although McGann and his girlfriend were not injured in any way, they were so freaked out about the gas leak that they didn’t call 911 for 20 minutes or so, he said.

Someone ­– he’s not sure who – eventually managed to shut off the gas.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. As of press time, no charges had been filed.

According to a preliminary police report on the incident, the driver was traveling northbound on Mill Creek Drive when he veered off the right side of the roadway. The man apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the road. In the seconds that followed, he drove straight through a fence before his vehicle crashed into the mobile home.

Although the home was destroyed, McGann and his girlfriend are not homeless.

“We’re actually waiting for a new house to be built,” McGann said. “[The accident] happened right when they’re about to build it.”

In the meantime, they’re staying with McGann’s parents, who live just around the corner.

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.