UPDATE: One injured after car crashes into house, goes up in flames

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email
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Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.

UPDATE: We have more information about a fiery crash that put both a car and a house up in flames on Tuesday night.

A newly released accident report shows the driver of a 1995 Lexus, 29-year-old Nicholas Allen of Baraboo, lost control of his vehicle while driving east on Highway 136.

This happened as Allen passed a marked Sauk County Sheriff's squad.

The car then flew over a ditch and slammed in to a home at E10540 Highway 136, and burst in to flames.

Allen sustained non-life threatening injuries, and neither alcohol or drugs were present, according to the accident report.

Neighbors told NBC15 that Allen was unwilling to speak to media about the crash.

Jon Hillmer, the home owner, is now stuck with about $100,000 of damage -- he says he's thankful he has insurance.

"We got a lot of cleanup to do around here," Hillmer said.

He stared at his house in disbelief this afternoon.

"What do you do... just clean it up and go for it another day," he said.

Hillmer says he had been in bed for about 2 hours when the car hit.

"You climb that latter and all the sudden there's no more ladder... you're back on the ground floor and you got to start over," he added.
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Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 -- 2:10 a.m.

Officials in Sauk County say one person was sent to the hospital after crashing into a house off of Highway 136 near Baraboo.

The crash appears to have happened at a high rate of speed, according to Baraboo Fire Department Chief Kevin Stieve, who also called the crash an "unfortunate event".

The Chief also attributed dense fog to the accident, but said it wasn't quite clear exactly why the car crashed.

Stieve added that two people were inside the house when it happened, but both of them walked away without any injuries.

The homeowner, Jon Hillmer, woke up after hearing the impact.

"I don't even know if they got ejected, I mean you could tell it was a high rate of speed because [the driver] cleared the mound system about 60 feet," Hillmer said.

Hillmer and the other occupant of the home will be staying somewhere else until the house is fixed.

As of now there is no word on the extent of the driver's injuries or if alcohol played a role.


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