Iowa woman survives car crashing into Ankeny home, exploding

JoEllenMyers stood in her living room in disbelief as she looked around at her charred belongings and as an insurance adjuster looked at holes burnt in her roof.

Myers, 73, was sleeping in the bedroom of her Ankeny townhome at about 1:10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20, when a car crashed through her sliding glass window. Her bedroom was only a few feet from where the sedan came to rest and exploded.

“If it had gone another foot, it would’ve crashed through my wall, too,” Myers said. “I just heard a loud boom and the house shook.”

JoEllen Myers, left, is joined by her granddaughter, Anna Myers, in the living room of JoEllenÕs townhome on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. JoEllenÕs home was gutted by fire after a car crashed into her living room early on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.

A spokesperson for the Ankeny Police Department was not available for comment. Myers and her granddaughter Anna Myers said the car was traveling about 100 mph when it crashed into the home. Four or five teenagers were in the car and jumped out, JoEllen Myers said. They suspect the driver was drunk, but are not sure.

“I’m so happy that these young adults, none of them were trapped and hurt, because it went up so fast,” Myers said. “They could’ve perished in it.”


https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2021/12/26/iowa-woman-survives-car-crashing-into-ankeny-home-exploding-police-department/9008613002/

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