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An SUV is pulled Friday from a gaping hole in the exterior wall of the living room of the Vonnie and Vern Vosberg home after the vehicle crashed into it around 7 a.m. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny
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One close call
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GRANITE FALLS -- A Granite Falls couple escaped injury when a Ford Explorer crashed into their home around 7 a.m. Friday on Prentice Street along the Minnesota River.

The driver of the vehicle, Bradley Raddatz, 45, of Wood Lake, was transported to Granite Falls Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He was badly bruised and cut.

A medical condition caused Raddatz to black out behind the wheel and drive into the home, according to Granite Falls Police Chief Russ Blue.

Vonnie Vosberg had just stepped out of the kitchen to dry her hair in a bathroom when the SUV crashed through the south wall of her home. The vehicle continued through the living room and slammed furniture and debris into the wall of the kitchen where Vosberg had been standing only seconds earlier.

Both Vonnie and her husband, Vern, said she would have likely been killed had she not left the kitchen when she did.

Vern had just stepped out of a downstairs shower when he heard what he thought was a large explosion in the house.

He said he heard the loud "bam'' that shook the house and smelling gas, was convinced that something had exploded.

The police chief said the vehicle was proceeding north on Prentice Street and went straight into the house, missing a fire hydrant and small trees. He said the driver told him he had started coughing and the next thing he remembered was waking up in his vehicle in the debris filled kitchen of the Vosberg's home.

There was no alcohol or other drugs involved. The driver's medical condition triggered a coughing spasm severe enough to cause him to lose consciousness nearly a block before the vehicle went into the house, the police chief explained.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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