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Car Plunges into Bedroom; Couple Survives in 'Easter Miracle'

Aired April 24, 2000 - 1:27 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: A New Hampshire couple was awakened early Easter morning by a car plunging through their bedroom ceiling.

Sean McDonald of CNN affiliate WMUR has that story.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SEAN MCDONALD, CNN AFFILIATE WMUR (voice-over): For Joanne and Mollin (ph) Donovan it was nothing short of a miracle, when they awoke in their bed with a wrecked car perched just above them, the hot engine burning through their sheets.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You could feel the heat of the exhaust system coming through the bedposts onto my feet.

MCDONALD: A car had smashed through their roof and rested on an oak bureau, a bureau some say saved their lives.

JOANNE DONOVAN, CRASH VICTIM: I remember looking up and seeing the ceiling coming down at me, and then I heard someone saying, "Help, get me out."

MCDONALD: That someone was the driver of the car, 20-year-old Julie Savarnia (ph) of Hampstead (ph).

(on camera): Traveling at an estimated speed of over 100 miles an hour the car hit this embankment catapulting itself. traveling about 150 feet in the air, before landing in the Donovans' bedroom.

(voice-over): Amazingly, no one was seriously injured. The driver was arrested for drunk driving. Police and neighbors almost couldn't believe it.

LAURENA SKALINSKI, NEIGHBOR: ... catapulted up in the air over my wires, over my cars, and dove into her house.

LT. MICHAEL RAYMOND, DERRY POLICE: In 20 years experience I've seen a lot of unusual things, this is probably at the top right now.

MCDONALD: As for the Donovans, they had their son collect hidden Easter eggs from the wrecked house and brought to another home where they want to celebrate what they call an Easter miracle.

J. DONOVAN: I firmly belief that this was an Easter miracle and I thank Jesus, because we should be dead, we should be dead and we're alive.

MCDONALD: Both were thankful to walk away with only bumps and bruises from a truly dramatic event.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: The Donovans, incidentally, will be staying at their daughter's house until their own house has been repaired.

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