A Chevy Silverado crashed into the side of a Tinley Park home, causing extensive damage, on Thursday, May 29, 2014. | Donna Vickroy/Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 1, 2014 6:48AM
On the plus side, Tinley Park homeowner Tony Killelea said, “it could have been a lot worse.”
The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck narrowly missed several trees, a stop sign and a gas meter, not to mention a row of American flags, before crashing about 4:15 p.m. Thursday into Killelea’s bilevel house in the 17700 block of 67th Court.
No one was home at the time, and the male driver was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, fire Battalion Chief Doug Erwin said.
“The crash caused excessive damage to the home,” Erwin said.
Killelea and his daughter, Lauren, were at Central Middle School’s eighth-grade celebration when the truck apparently veered off the street, went through a neighbor’s yard and smashed into the southwest corner of the house, causing major damage to the basement and furnace room.
“The walls upstairs are cracking already,” Killelea said. “There’s dust everywhere.”
Authorities were waiting for the gaping hole where the truck hit the house to be boarded up and for Nicor Gas to give the OK for the residents to return.
Despite the cleanup that awaited, Killelea said “it must have been a God thing because (the driver) just missed the trees, the rocks and the gas meter.”