Car sends refrigerator flying when it crashes into Norway apartment

The driver of the car thaty crashed into an apartment building at 14 Beal Street, Norway told police he did not remember what happened.
Courtesy of Chuck Blaquiere
The driver of the car thaty crashed into an apartment building at 14 Beal Street, Norway told police he did not remember what happened.
Posted Nov. 14, 2013, at 5 p.m.
Police say that the tenant initially believed her refrigerator had blown up when she came into the kitchen and saw the damage.
Courtesy of Chuck Blaquiere
Police say that the tenant initially believed her refrigerator had blown up when she came into the kitchen and saw the damage.

NORWAY, Maine — No one was injured when a car plowed through an apartment building and into a kitchen on Beal Street. The impact threw a refrigerator and other items across the room at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Chief Rob Federico said a Dodge Durango driven by Christopher Morris of Norway, 34, drove into an apartment building at 14 Beal St. owned by Madison Avenue Associates.

Federico said the unnamed woman in the apartment called police to report the incident early Wednesday morning, but was unaware a car had crashed into her apartment. She told police she walked into her kitchen and found her refrigerator across the room.

“She thought her refrigerator had blown up,” said Federico.

The driver apparently continued onto work. Once located, Morris told police he did not remember what had happened, said Federico.

There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, nor was the driver on any medication, said Federico.

Federico said that the car appeared to have gone through a stop sign, then in between a fire hydrant and tree before it went into the building.

The car was located later by police on nearby Alpine Street, where the man gets a job to work each day.

Jim St. John, property manager for Madison Ave. Associates, said there are no estimates yet, but one wall in the kitchen will have to be replaced. He said in addition to the refrigerator, cabinets and other items were also thrown about.

“We were very fortunate,” St. John said of the woman who was alone in the house. “It could have been worse if she had been in the kitchen making coffee.”

The accident remains under investigation.

 

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