GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport family has to spend the next few days living in a motel room after a driver crashed their minivan into the bottom floor of their two story apartment.
Shane Sandridge, who is a friend of the family, says he saw it all happen.
"The neighbors right here, he clipped the back of their vehicle, and he was spinning sideways and slid through the rocks," Sandridge said. "Once it caught traction in the pavement, it shot him straight forward, and that's when it hit my buddy's van and put it through the house right here."
Sandridge said his friends Patrick and Donna Alexander were out to dinner with their four children Friday evening when they got the call that their minivan was embedded in the front of their home.
"When they first called us I was like, 'OK, maybe he just bumped the van and it went over the brick wall and it hit the wall or something.' I didn't think it would be too big of a deal," Donna said.
When they got home to see the chaotic scene full of police cars, they were hit with reality.
"When we got here, there was big gray Chevrolet truck sitting right here, which is where my minivan was parked," Donna said. "Then we came around this way and we saw the back of the minivan was literally right here. On the other side of this wall, our couch was right there. When we came in, there was debris everywhere. My van was literally right here, and you can see where the entertainment center got jabbed up into the wall and my couch was wrapped around the wall."
Donna said her children were hysterical when they saw where they play and watch TV everyday had been destroyed. Luckily, they weren't home playing when the accident happened, but it will definitely take some time for them to pick up the pieces from the destruction and start over.
"We weren't going to go out but something told us let's just go have a meal and have fun as a family. I'm thankful we did, because we probably would've lost our kids," Donna said.
Thanks to the Red Cross, the Alexander family is staying in a nearby motel.
Meanwhile, Gulfport police say the truck was abandoned when they arrived on scene. Investigators are still searching for the driver of the truck that wrecked the apartment.