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Forgotten cellphone saves man from SUV crashing into his living room

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Posted at 8:08 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 20:13:42-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For one Grand Rapids man, forgetting his phone in the other room Thursday afternoon was a lifesaving inconvenience

“[I] realized I left my phone in the kitchen so I went in the kitchen to grab my phone, and [a] car come crashing into my house.” Joe Lundberg told Fox 17.

Lundberg was in his home on Fuller Avenue just north of Leonard Street when he says an SUV landed on the couch where he had just been sitting.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department says the vehicle damaged a gas meter at the house causing a leak and filling the home with natural gas. Crews from DTE had to dig up part of the yard to shut the line off

Luckily Lundberg wasn’t hurt in the collision and managed to make it out of the house before being overcome by the gas.

“There was a car parked behind the white car which you can’t see,” Lundberg said, pointing out the trail the vehicle took into his living room. “It missed that car, it missed the big tree, and rammed into my house.”

The SUV was pulled out of the house while we were live on the scene after being buried in rubble for over 2 hours while the gas dissipated. Lundberg says the only thing left to do is take pictures and contact his insurance company.

Officials told us the driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital for evaluation. We have not received word on their condition at this time.