Woman pulls child out of way as car slams into Hempfield Township home

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A car slammed into a home in Westmoreland County Monday, narrowly missing a woman and child.

The crash happened at a home on Sells Lane, just off of Mt. Pleasant Street in Hempfield Township around 1 p.m.

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Amanda Clark was home with her 2-year-old son when the car slammed into their house just inches away from where her son was standing.

“He likes to stand here at the window and watch the cars go by. I was vacuuming right by him and out of the corner of my eye I see a car coming and pushed him out of the way,” Clark said. “I don’t think I had a chance to think about it. It was just instinct. Right where he was standing the whole wall right here is buckled in and thank god he’s okay and safe. His bedroom is right there the entire wall, his bookshelf, everything is across the whole room.”

Neighbors say the car was going fast and snapped the utility pole in half, leaving it hanging by wires, before the vehicle slammed into the front of the house.

“He had to be doing at least 70 miles an hour.. just went right up through the yard, didn’t even hit no skid marks or nothing.. took out the pole, went around hit this truck and went right into that lady’s house,” Scott Mehalcik who was working nearby said.

State police say 4 teens were in the car ages 18 and 17. Two tried to take off but were apprehended, and police say, the teen behind the wheel didn’t have a license.

As for Clark, she was told the house isn’t safe to live in right now until an engineer can assess the damage and integrity of the house.

“I gotta get out what I need and find a place for my pets and figure things out I guess,” she said.

But she is grateful she and her son are safe tonight.

“The scariest thing is I usually have a blow up bouncy house with a ball pit right where they crashed. Usually every day it’s blown up and my sons in it and thank god for the rain today. He wasn’t out here,” she said.

Police say charges are pending.

A gofundme page has been set up to help Clark and her children.