Car ends up in kitchen

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Kansas Volunteer Fire Department personnel stand near a car as it is removed from the house at 5957 N. US 23 Monday night.

FOSTORIA — A house sustained extensive structural damage when a car drove into it Monday night, according to Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Troy Callahan said Dennis Branch, 49, of Fostoria, was driving south on US 23 with the cruise control set when he went into a coughing fit and passed out. The 2002 Ford went left of center, traveled through a field, hit a slight hill on the north side of the home at 5957 N. US 23 and went airborne. It struck electric and gas meters, he said.

“That’s what blew the … transformer outside,” he said.

Callahan said the car went through the north side of the garage and into the house and kitchen. The back wall was broken, and the house sustained extensive structural damage, he said.

“Nobody was home at the time,” he said.

Callahan said Branch, who was wearing a seatbelt, was treated at the scene and was not transported to a hospital. Branch was cited with failure to control, he said.

The property is owned by Robin Schumacker, according to the Seneca County Auditor’s Office’s website.

The woman who lives there was displaced, Callahan said.

Personnel from Fostoria Fire Division, Kansas Volunteer Fire Department, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and American Electric Power assisted at the scene of the accident, which was reported about 8:10 p.m.