Car crashes into Flagstaff motel; occupants trapped

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A family of five had a close call when a vehicle crashed into their Flagstaff motel room on Saturday night.

"They were actually lying down in bed when a vehicle came into their motel room and actually pushed the bed probably three or four feet from the window, said Capt. Scott Strohmeyer with the Flagstaff Fire Department.

Three units from the Flagstaff Fire Department along with officers from the Flagstaff Police Department responded to the Motel 6 in the area of Woodlands Village Boulevard at 6:51 p.m.

When the first fire unit arrived they found the family, two adults and three children, trapped in their room by the damage.

"The door jamb had been compromised and so we had to use in conjunction with their key and some forcible entry tools to open the door and allow them to come out," explained Strohmeyer.

Firefighters then surveyed the damage and recognized the need to shore up the wall to prevent further sagging and damage to the wall of the hotel.

At the request of the fire department, the management of the hotel closed the rooms on the second and third floors located directly above the damaged area until the wall can be repaired and inspected by structural engineers.

Nobody was hurt in the incident. The cause is still under investigation.