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SUV Crashes into Forks Township Home

Forks Township homeowners had an SUV crash into their home around busy Bushkill Drive.

Sonya and Wade Schenewolf may have lost a car and part of a garage Tuesday morning, but the Forks Township couple say they're lucky to be alive.

Sitting in her kitchen Tuesday afternoon as her husband assessed the damage, Sonya said an SUV smashed into her car and pushed it into the wall of their garage at 2723 Bushkill Drive.

"I was in the house when I heard the impact," Sonya said. "I was in my pajamas and getting ready to go to the bathroom. I had just woken up."

What she and her husband saw shortly before 7 a.m. was her crunched Chevy Malibu and a white SUV with the driver trapped inside.

"There was no screeching," she said. "I said 'Oh, My God' and rushed downstairs. The guy was hurt. A passer-by had stopped to help. I called 911."

According to reports, the SUV was headed north on Bushkill Drive where it intersects with Newlins Mill Road when it hit the cars and garage.

The family has lived in the house, which dates to 1790, for 15 years.

But over the past few months, there have been several accidents that have caused them to worry. Their front porch was struck by cars twice, in December and March, Sonya said.

"The accidents always seem to happen in the rain," she said. "This is a hard turn. The speed limit is 30 mph. I can't imagine how fast he was going to lose control, go airborne and cause as much damage as he did."

Schenewolf said she wants to enforce the speed limit, especially since there is a school bus stop nearby.

"These turns are too dangerous," she said. "It's hard to pull people over. But cars are out of control. It's scary."

Wade Schenewolf spent the afternoon surveying the damage to his garage as a work crew cleared debris while he swept it out.

"What a mess," he said. "I have a full couple of days ahead of me. But what are you gonna do. It happens."

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