Family forced from home by crash loses keepsakes, but grateful no one was injured

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Platte County family was forced out of their home after a pick-up truck crashed into their living room and caused a gas leak.

The crash happened early Monday morning near Northwest 59th Street and Raintree.

Kansas City, Mo., fire crews told Fox 4 a man with a medical condition lost control, veered off the road and slammed his pick-up truck into the side of a house. The car barely missed the gas meter, but damaged its pipe.

“I smelled it the minute I got up,” homeowner Jerry Godfrey said of the gas. “And as soon as I saw what happened, I knew there was going to be gas.”

Fire crews said gas filled up their home.

“They shut the gas off and told us we had to get out,” Godfrey said.

Inside at the time of the early morning crash was Godfrey, his wife and his 87-year-old mother. They were all asleep when they awoke to a loud crash.

“I just couldn’t figure out what happened,” Godfrey said, “until I walked into the living room and once I walked in there, I knew what happened.”

His home of nearly three decades now has a living room filled with flipped furniture, toppled tables and broken glass.

“All the damage, it’s a lot of stuff,” he said. “A lot of stuff in there was keepsakes,” like the shattered porcelain tea sets that belong to Godfrey's wife of 50 years.

“It was hers when she was a little girl,” he said.

Thankfully the Godfrey family has insurance and their provider is now paying for a hotel room so they have a place to stay while construction crews fix the damage.

It could take nearly a month before Godfrey and his family are back in their beds; but he believes it’s a small inconvenience when he focuses on the more important things.

“Everybody’s okay,” he said. “That’s all that counts.”

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