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Katherine Ranzenberger

An inexperienced driver ran into the side of her neighbor's house Sunday morning as she was trying to take her mother to the hospital for severe back pain.

An inexperienced driver accidentally stepped on the gas as she was trying to take her mother to the hospital. She crashed into her neighbor's house in the 300 block of East Poplar Street, leaving a hole.

Greg Altland, assistant chief for the City of York Fire and Rescue, said the girl pressed the gas pedal too hard and had the wheel turned just enough to send the vehicle across the street and into the side of the brick house in the 300 block of East Poplar Street. The crash happened around 9:45 a.m.

"She was trying to do a good deed," Altland said. "Her mother was in pain. She panicked and went right into the building. It was just an accident."

People were inside the house at the time of the crash, but no injuries were reported. The crash left a 4-feet by 3-feet hole in the brick structure.

Altland said approximately five people live inside the house. A city inspector is headed to the scene to assess the damage, he said, and the owner is contacting a masonry contractor to patch the hole.

"There was some structural damage," Altland said. "There are a few joists that are exposed. The home owner is contacting a contractor to board it up until they can get it fixed."