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Feb 25, 2013 2:42 PM by NBC News

Speeding car goes airborne, bouncing off one house and landing on roof of another

(KPRC) A driver crashed his car into the roof of a house near Houston, Texas then flipped over and landed upside down on the roof of a neighboring home.

It happened in northwest Harris County around 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

According to investigators, the speeding driver failed to make a curve, drove through a field, hit an embankment and went airborne.

"Used that to go airborne to strike the first house. It inverted and somersaulted, landed on the roof upside down," said Assistant Chief John Laine with Harris County Sheriff's Department.

Susan Mistini said she thought someone was breaking into her home.

"I said, 'What's going on?' And he said, 'Hurry up, there's a car in your roof,'" said Mistini.

Neighbors like Kathi Back said the said the impact was loud.

"I heard screeching tires, then boom, boom, boom," said Back. "Loudest noise I've ever heard. Jumped out of bed."

Emergency crews rescued the driver and transported him to a hospital in stable condition.

The driver's sister said he's going to be fine. She said he's 24-years-old and was visiting friends.

Investigators said a crane needed to be used to remove the car from the roof of the second house.

Investigators believe speed and perhaps alcohol played a factor in the crash. Authorities have not yet said whether the driver will face charges.



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