Driver flees after crashing into Bensalem home

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Police in Bucks County are searching for the driver who crashed into a Bensalem home early Sunday morning. (WPVI)

Police in Bucks County are searching for the driver who crashed into a Bensalem home early Sunday morning.

The crash occurred just after 5 a.m. on the 2200 block of Monroe Avenue.

The homeowner, Barrett Davis, says his wife was sleeping just feet away on the first floor.

"I was in the bed and I heard something that sounded like thunder. And I went downstairs and there's a car blocking my stairway. I called my wife and she was going out the door," Davis said.

PHOTOS: Driver crashes into Bensalem house

His wife, Dolly, who was released from the hospital just last week, was sleeping in a hospital bed on the other side of the wall.

"She was in a hospital bed. The car just missed hitting her. I'm blessed," said Davis.

Police say the car went airborne when it hit a grassy embankment on Knights Road, and sailed through a neighbor's yard, damaging trees and a shed before crashing into the Davis' house across the street.

Davis says the driver actually got out of the vehicle and told his wife to call 911 before running away.

Dolly ran to a neighbor's house for help, but Barrett was trapped inside.

"He has heart problems so I'm thinking, 'Oh my God, he's going to have a heart attack. So they got him down. They had to pull the railing out from the steps to get him down," neighbor Linda Ciarlante said.

A few hour later, crews carefully pulled the SUV from the house around 8 a.m. to prevent more damage.

Barrett's wife was taken to Aria-Torresdale Hospital after she started having chest pains. She is expected to be OK.

By mid-day work was well underway to board up both the shed across the street and the gaping hole left in the Davis' house.

Family member say when they heard this had happened they just had to come over to help.

"He's framing it out so we can board it up, and then we have to seal off the roof," said Sarah Baylor, niece.

Fortunately those family members included a licensed contractor.

"We still have a lot to do. So I'm just trying to clean up so we can get all of this secured," said Baylor.

Davis says they were in the process of selling the house, and getting ready to move down to Virginia.

"We'll make it. By the grace of God, he brought us this far. We'll make it," Davis said.

Township inspectors will determine if the house is inhabitable.

The Red Cross is assisting the couple for the time being.

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