Minivan Carrying Young Children Slams Into Willington House

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Three adults and three young children narrowly escaped injury when a "fatigued" driver veered off the roadway in Willington late Friday morning and crashed into a home on River Road, according to police.

According to state police, 25-year-old Amanda Lasewicz, of Stafford, was driving northbound on River Road near the Ellington town line around 11:30 a.m. when she lost control of the minivan.

Police said driver fatigue played a part in the crash.

Eighty-year-old Myla McCloughlin and three young siblings ages 1, 2 and not yet 2 months were in the car with her, police said.

Homeowner Coleman Clerk, 53, was inside at the time of the crash, but fortunately, no one was injured, according to police.

The home was knocked off its foundation and sustained major structural damage and is uninhabitable, according to the fire department. Contractors arrived on scene Friday evening to begin making repairs.

Fire officials said part of the first floor collapsed into the basement, and the minivan left a gaping hole in the structure.

Propane tanks outside the home were damaged and started leaking, firefighters said. Crews from Connecticut Light & Power came out to shut off the utilities.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but police said fatigue was a factor.

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