Two cars presumed to be racing through the streets of Union City early Sunday lost control, resulting in one car smashing through a duplex and the other coming to rest outside the building, according to officials.
No one living inside the duplex was injured, but the two residences involved in the crash sustained serious damage, officials said.
“We are hypothesizing that two vehicles were racing at a high rate of speed and unfortunately they ended up in this house and they crashed,” Union City Police Department Lt. Lisa Graetz said.
The wreck was reported just before 1 a.m. along the 3700 block of Horner Street, according to officials.
Nearby firefighters heard the sound of a crash and found that a black BMW plowed into one residence before entering a neighboring unit, Alameda County Fire Department Battalion Chief James Watkins said. A family was inside one of the residences watching TV, but they just missed being hit.
“I think the car missed them by about a foot and a half, so very fortunate that no one was injured,” Watkins said.
The people inside the other residence were not near the area where the BMW came to rest, Watkins said. A total of seven people belonging to two families were displaced.
A man inside the BMW was taken into custody, according to Graetz. The people inside the pickup truck, which ended up in a mangled mess on a nearby lawn, had not been located as of early Sunday.
Watkins estimates that the families could be without their homes for several weeks if not months while repairs are completed.
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7 Displaced After Car Plows Into Union City Duplex