Van crashes into carport of firefighter’s home in Plantation

PLANTATION, Fla. – A van crashed into the carport of a firefighter’s home in Plantation on Monday, authorities said.

Lt. Larry Wideman told Local 10 News reporter Jeff Weinsier that he was at work when he received a phone call to come home.

He said it caught him off guard because he doesn’t live on the corner of the block.

“I never dreamed that somebody would hit my house,” he said. “I figured they take out the corner house.”

Wideman has been with Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue for 35 years and has lived at his home on Northwest Third Street for 36 years.

According to authorities, the driver of the van lost control of his vehicle shortly after 9:30 a.m. and crashed into the carport.

Sky 10 over van into carport of home in Plantation.
Sky 10 over van into carport of home in Plantation. (WPLG)

Neighbor Delray Thomas was working in his yard when it happened.

“I was there working (and) I heard a loud bang and look across and I saw a vehicle go across the road,” Thomas said. “I went over there and try to help.”

The driver was taken to an area hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

“When he came out, was he OK,” Thomas said. “He didn’t talk, but he was conscious.”

Authorities said no one was at home at the time of the accident. The house itself was not impacted and is safe to live in.

Plantation Police said a medical issue caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle.

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