Homeowner Niraj Prasad was startled late last night when a car lodged into his home. Two occupants of the car died in the crash. Photo / Nick James
A family is in shock after two people died when a car crashed into their home, tearing through the foundations.
The single-vehicle crash happened on Warspite Ave in the Porirua suburb of Cannons Creek at about 11.30pm, police said in a statement.
The vehicle left the road and hit the house, police said.
Homeowner Niraj Prasad told the Herald: “First I thought it [was] an earthquake because the whole house shakes and then the lounge floor just ripped apart.”
Prasad said he walked out of their house and saw the neighbours coming towards them.
He then realised there was something wrong with their house.
“As I came across [to the house] I saw the car inside with big damage [around it].”
He said within two minutes emergency services were at the scene and took over.
The crash site was cleared by 5am, he said.
Prasad said the house suffered major damage, particularly the lounge, which was considered unstable.
“There’s like four or five pillars underneath that have been broken.”
Prasad said the community has been incredibly supportive and he felt sorry for the people in the car.
He said his family is safe, but they have been affected by the crash.
“My little one is still in shock. We haven’t told her that the two [couple] has passed away underneath the house.”
He said the incident was shocking but he was thankful for the surrounding community.
Inquiries are continuing.
‘Still in shock’: Two dead after car crashes into house, tears through foundations – NZ Herald