LAKE OSWEGO, Ore — A vehicle crashed into a house in Lake Oswego and started a fire Thursday night, according to Lake Oswego Fire. The crash happened near Country Club Road and Iron Mountain.
"When our firefighters arrived, initially, they couldn't see the car," said Lake Oswego Fire Marshal and spokesperson Gert Zoutendijk. "The car was inside the house.... So the car flew and went airborne, crashed on top of the house, and then fell down into the closet in the house.”
Firefighters had to remove a wall to rescue the driver, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Two adults, their teenage daughter and their dog were inside the home at the time and everyone got out safely.
"There was one person that was close, literally within 10 seconds of being in the room where the car crashed," said Zoutendijk.
The crash happened near an intersection where six roads come together and each car must stop. Zoutendijk said he hasn't seen many major crashes near the intersection.
"“Very fortunate that it was late at night, [with] no other traffic or very little traffic on the road because it's a very heavily traveled intersection," he said.
Lake Oswego police closed nearby roads while emergency crews responded.
Fire officials have not identified the driver and have not said what caused the crash.