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Teens crash car through Graysville apartment complex

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A man woke up to a surprise after a car crashed into his home late Tuesday night. Officials say if it hadn't been for one beam, the man would be dead. 

It happened at an apartment complex in Graysville. Police say a 17-year-old boy was driving the car and crashed into the building. The damage is so great, homeowner Jeff Sherrill has to move out. Some of his personal belongings were destroyed. He said he's just thankful no one was hurt.

 "I heard a big boom it woke me up, I ran out and tried to open that door right there to see who was in my room," said Jeff Sherrill. "I thought somebody was breaking in."

Jeff Sherrill was fast asleep Tuesday night when he woke up to the sound of a loud crash. He ran outside in his boxers and saw a car sitting in his spare bedroom.

"No I couldn't believe it," said Sherrill " I about had a nervous breakdown."

It wasn't a dream, it was nightmare he said. Among the rubble sat the three teenage boys who were sorry. 

"They were scared to death," said Sherrill. "It's like a chicken with the head cut off, they didn't know what to do, they just kept apologizing."

How they made it here from the road some 30 yards away is still a mystery. 

"They hit it pretty hard. They were burning rubber inside there. The tires were spinning and they were burning rubber inside the bedroom," said Sherrill. 

How they stopped is a miracle. Jeff's bed, sits on the other side of the beam that stopped the car. 

"A lot of people could have died. Those kids, me, you figure six more inches and it would have got me too," said Sherrill. "It could have kept on going through the house."

In another twist of fate, Jeff's daughter and new grandchild stayed in the spare room. They just moved out last week.  Jeff will have to move and pay out of pocket to buy new furniture and tools but he's thankful. 

"I felt so sorry for them. I'm just glad they're okay," said Sherrill. 

Police say the 17-year-old driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He is expected to be okay. No charges have been filed. Graysville police are still investigating how the car crashed into the apartment. 

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