Car flips, hits house in Newton

Cynthia Travis was enjoying time with her daughter on Monday when what felt like an earthquake rattled her home.

“We heard a really big crash and the house was shaking,” Travis said. “I thought we were in a real earthquake this time.”

Travis was in no earthquake, though. A 2005 Chevrolet Corvette had struck her home.

“I looked outside and there was nothing but horror,” she said.

Two men, whose names were not released, were hospitalized with serious injuries on Monday after their car went airborne and hit Travis’ home at 909 Laffon Road in Newton.

First responders and neighbors say two men were traveling northwest on Laffon Road about 3 p.m. Monday when a Corvette they were riding in ran off the road, went airborne, hit Travis’ house and landed on its roof.

The men were both transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center, and authorities said one victim was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The car’s impact to Travis’ house broke several steel columns holding up the home’s front porch.

The front porch roof started to slump over, and Claremont Rescue Squad’s Technical Collapse Unit arrived on the scene to provide temporary supports for the roof.

The medical conditions of both victims were unclear as of press time Monday.