Updated 10/25/13 – 11:02 a.m.
HAINESVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — An SUV crashed into a townhome in far north suburban Hainesville early Friday, causing an explosion and large fire.
The SUV was heading south on Hainvesille Road, when driver lost control, veered off the road, and plowed into a townhouse, near Patriot Drive, around 4:15 a.m.
The Jeep hit a gas meter at the building, and ruptured a gas line, causing an explosion that engulfed the building in heavy flames. The driver fled the scene, but was later arrested.
“The impact was really, really bad. It was very loud and it shook our house, and so I knew that something crashed into our house,” said occupant Lieka Racho, who made a frantic call to 9-1-1.