Driver dies after crashing car into Knoxville home

Driver dies after crashing car into Knoxville home

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Mangled pieces are what's left of the silver sedan after crashing into Mary Womble's home. Mangled pieces are what's left of the silver sedan after crashing into Mary Womble's home.
"All of a sudden we just heard like an explosion and the whole house shook like it might have been an earthquake," Womble said. "All of a sudden we just heard like an explosion and the whole house shook like it might have been an earthquake," Womble said.
"If I was in the kitchen, it might have turned out to be a different story," Womble said. "If I was in the kitchen, it might have turned out to be a different story," Womble said.
The American Red Cross is helping Womble find a place to stay. She doesn't know how long the repairs will take. The American Red Cross is helping Womble find a place to stay. She doesn't know how long the repairs will take.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An unidentified man is dead after crashing his car into an East Knoxville home. 

It happened around 12:30 Sunday afternoon in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr Avenue.

Knoxville police say the driver was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, but died upon arrival. His name is being withheld until his family is notified. 

Mangled pieces are what's left of the silver sedan after crashing into Mary Womble's home.

"All of a sudden we just heard like an explosion and the whole house shook like it might have been an earthquake," Womble said. 

She says she's lucky her and her granddaughter were at the opposite side of the house when it happened. 

"If I was in the kitchen, it might have turned out to be a different story," Womble said. 
 
The crash shifted her home off its foundation, knocked off the power and left a hole in the wall.

"Everything was pushed in, I mean broke everything on the walls that was hanging, knocked off glass everywhere," Womble said. 

She says the car also broke off two poles on her neighbor's porch, and sent pieces of her gutter flying into another neighbor's yard on the other side of her house.

Crews began cleaning up the damage Sunday night. Despite having to leave her home while it gets fixed, Womble says she's staying positive. 

"Any kind of material stuff can be replaced," Womble said.  

Carl Mills knows Womble and the driver of the car. Mills says he used to live in the neighborhood, but moved after a car also hit his home a few years ago. 

"I think there needs to be some other kind of safety measures at this part of the block," Mills said. 

The American Red Cross is helping Womble find a place to stay. She doesn't know how long the repairs will take.

The accident remains under investigation.

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