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Granite Falls volunteer firefighters assisted after a Ford Explorer crashed through the wall of a home around 7 a.m. on Prentice Street. The home's occupants escaped injury. The driver was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital for unknown injuries. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)

SUV crashes into Granite Falls home

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SUV crashes into Granite Falls home
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

GRANITE FALLS -- A Granite Falls couple escaped injury when a Ford Explorer crashed into their home around 7 a.m. today on Prentice Street along the Minnesota River.


The driver of the vehicle, a man believed to be in his 40s, was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital for unknown injuries. They did not appear to be life-threatening.

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.

Granite Falls Police Chief Russ Blue 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.

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