Cars collide; house damaged

WARREN – A house was damaged and two men were taken to the hospital Friday night after a two-car collision at the corner of Adelaide Avenue and Clarence Street.

Betty Pugh was relaxing in front of her television just before 9 p.m. Friday when she heard two loud bangs just outside her bedroom window at 1419 Adelaide Ave. S.E.

“It was really quiet, and then all of a sudden this crashing sound came out of nowhere,” Pugh said.

According to witnesses, a red Chevy sedan was traveling down Clarence Street when a gray Dodge station wagon driving along Adelaide Avenue came into its path. The collision knocked the Dodge off the road and through Pugh’s front yard, clipping the corner of her home.

“It sounded like they hit the garbage can, which they did. Then there was a louder bang closer to my room where they hit the house,” Pugh said. “My son Andra thought someone was trying to break in at first.”

Pugh then looked out the window and saw the headlights.

“It was really scary,” she said.

She brought the driver and two passengers into her home while she called Trumbull County 911. Both drivers were later transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

The condition of the two men were not available late Friday, police said. The names of those involved were also not released.

Warren firefighters also responded to the call.

Andra Pugh said the family often worried about the potential danger of the intersection.

“You have a stop sign coming down (Adelaide), but not one on (Clarence),” Pugh said. “People run that sign all the time. We haven’t seen any accidents there, but we always talked about it eventually happening.”

Warren police could not confirm late Friday if either driver was cited in the accident.

Betty Pugh said the incident could have been worse, as the station wagon just missed hitting her bedroom. The damage to the home was minimal, with slight surface damage to the bricks and a gutter knocked loose.

“It could have been where I wasn’t able to stay here, but they said I should be OK,” Pugh said.