Van hits home after colliding with car: 'We were scared'

SauganashChicago Fire Department

At least seven people were injured this morning when a car and a van collided in the Sauganash neighborhood on the Northwest Side, sending the van into the front of a house, authorities said.

The van hit the entrance and front window of the home in the 6300 block of North Kolmar Avenue and a silver car landed in the front yard.

Homeowner Adel Fakhoury said his family was awakened by a "huge, loud noise" around 6 a.m. He went outside and saw two cars on his front lawn and several people lying on the grass.

"I just (ran) downstairs, opened the door and two cars are (outside) the house and one of them was on fire," Fakhoury said in a telephone interview. "We were scared, very scared."

Fakhoury said he quickly gathered his wife and children and rushed out of the home, calling 911 in the process.

Police officers and Chicago firefighters arrived a short time later, extinguishing the car fire and tending to the injured, he said.

Fakhoury and his family were allowed back inside their home, but authorities didn't immediately move the van that struck his home, concerned the collision caused structural damage, he said.

"I'm happy none of my family was hurt, but I feel sorry for the other people," Fakhoury said.

One person was listed in serious-to-critical condition at the scene while three others were listed in fair-to-serious condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Three others were treated at the scene.

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