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This photo shows the damage to the side of the house and attached barn. (COURTESY Derry Fire Dept.)

Car crashes into home and petting zoo barn in Derry


DERRY -- Officials said a husband and wife, as well as their animals -- who are part of a mobile petting zoo -- were not hurt when a car crashed into their home and attached barn Tuesday night.

The driver of the car, which went airborne in the 9:46 p.m. crash, was taken to Parkland Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, fire officials said.

According to a press release, an Audi sedan left the road, hit an embankment and wooden fence before it went airborne, hitting the house and continuing into the barn.

Officials said the husband and wife who were home at the time of the crash said it felt like a "freight train" had gone through. However, the areas of the house were used for storage of equipment and supplies.

The damage included a corner of an enclosed porch that was left unsupported, and a destroyed corner support post of the barn, as well as "significant damage to non-load bearing walls" of the porch and the barn, according to officials.

After the car was removed, crews determined the affected corners of the porch and barn would need to be shored.

"Crews then constructed a door shore for the porch, a T-shore for the barn and laced them together," officials said. "Once shoring was complete the structures were re-occupied and turned over to the property owners."

The Derry Police Department is investigating the crash.