It’s usually a pleasant surprise to find a package on the front porch, but not when it’s a Chevrolet Camaro that has crashed into two vehicles in the driveway and caused structural damage when colliding with the house.
That was the scene a Turlock family found early Sunday morning outside their home in the 600 block of Linwood Avenue.
The Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to the scene shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday and found the Camaro on the front porch of the home. It struck two support columns, causing significant structural damage and an immediate safety concern for the residents, said Turlock Fire spokesman Capt. Kevin Tidwell.
The driver of the vehicle had lost control while traveling on Lander Avenue and crashed into two vehicles parked in the driveway, before continuing onto the front porch.
Turlock Police Department and American Medical Response provided patient care to two people lying on the ground in front of the residence. Turlock Fire personnel assisted with patient care and helped prepare one female patient for transport to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.
Turlock City Firefighters worked with an official from the City of Turlock Building Department to determine the extent of the structural damage to the residence. The trenching/shoring trailer was brought to the scene from Station 32 providing Squad 32 personnel the necessary tools to erect and place a “t-shore” on the front porch of the residence, providing support and rendering it safe until permanent repairs could be made.
“As an ‘all risk’ department, Turlock Fire is often called upon to perform specialized duties. Members of Squad 32 have received extensive training to shore up damaged buildings, making them safer before repair work is done,” said Acting Turlock Fire Chief Gary Carlson.
Turlock Fire responded with one engine, Squad 32, and one battalion chief, totaling seven personnel. Turlock Fire worked in conjunction with Turlock Police, AMR and a City of Turlock Building official.