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May 6, 2014

Video, Slideshow: Van runs into house

Knoxville — A two-vehicle accident occurred around noon on Tuesday, May 6, sending a van into the front of a home at 113 West Montgomery in Knoxville. 

The homeowner, Pat Graves, had just gotten home for lunch when he heard a thud. He was preparing to make a sandwich while his wife slept upstairs. He looked out and saw a brown van coming, rear first, toward his house.

"No, no, no, no, don't hit my house!" Graves said was his reaction when he saw the episode unfold. 

According to Knoxville Police Officer Kyle Keller, a truck driven by Michael Vickroy was southbound on Roche and the van, driven by Beverly Lee, was westbound on Montgomery. Lee did not stop at the stop sign and her vehicle was struck by the truck. 

The collision sent the van into a a tree. She put the vehicle in reverse and kept going. A stop sign was also damaged in the accident. The van went into the front porch of the building, where it became lodged. 

Knoxville Police and Knoxville Fire/Rescue responded to the accident. There were no injuries to anyone inside the home, or either vehicle, to report. Lee will be cited for failure to obey a stop sign and failure to provide proof of current insurance. 

Graves was seen talking to State Farm Agent Jay Olson as well. Graves has lived in the home for three years. Kline's Quick Time was called in to assist in removing the van from the house (see accompanying video) and towing it away. 

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