A driver with no license or insurance managed to drive his SUV into a home in Hurst, Texas causing an explosion. According to Hurst Police Department, a home in the 400 block of Myrtle Court exploded in South Hurst April 7 after the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We've received requests for the video files from the house explosion on 4/7. Here's a brief video clip from Officer Hiser's dash cam footage that we are able to release. We are thankful that the victims are stable & expected to recover. Our hearts go out to them & their family. <a href="https://t.co/k7LCOrOtLn">pic.twitter.com/k7LCOrOtLn</a></p>— Hurst PD (@HurstPoliceDept) <a href="https://twitter.com/HurstPoliceDept/status/986633953099608064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 18, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The driver was identified as Alejandro Enriquez-Castro, 35, and told police he lost control of the vehicle when the brakes failed causing him to crash into the home. The explosion was caused when the SUV struck a gas line in the home. When police responded to the scene, it seemed to be a simple crash but moments after arriving the whole home explodes injuring two police officers, Travis Hiser and Corporal Ryan Tooker. A family of three inside the home was also injured by the blast and taken to an area hospital.
Hurst police officers said they heard people screaming in the house after the explosion and "breached a back door to rescue the three occupants in the wreckage of the home." Officer Travis Hiser said, "There was definitely some divine intervention that was reaching down and slowing those vehicles down from making the scene and then taking a finger and pushing me away from the house and the path that I went. Otherwise, I would have been up on the wall and it would have exploded completely into my face."
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A Hurst city spokesperson confirmed the driver was arrested for not having a valid driver's license but has since been turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some building codes allow for gas meters to be facing the street to be easily read, but this design leaves them open to impact accidents.
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