2 Dead as Car Slams Into Delco House, Catches Fire

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Two people died when a car careened into a home and caught fire Friday in Delaware County.

The car rammed into the house on the 200 block of W. 2nd Street in Chester around 2 a.m., leaving a gaping hole in a wall and the vehicle a crumpled mess. It was initially thought the deceased was inside the house, but the homeowner later told NBC10 that the person who died was in the car.

City of Chester Police Department Capt. James Chubb confirmed that both the driver of the car, as well as a passenger, had died.

Emergency crews could be seen holding up a red tarp to obscure the hole and the car as the vehicle was loaded onto a tow truck.

Lavada Driggins, who owns the house and said a family was set to move in this weekend, was furious at the loss of life, especially since it was not the first time someone crashed into her house.

“I am petitioning the state to come down and put something there to keep people from coming directly into these houses. It’s not about a house. You can buy a house. I can have this house fixed. It’s about a life and the lives that we’re losing behind one corner in the city of Chester," she said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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