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Instant garage? No, a car took a wrong turn

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A neighbor takes a peek at a Nissan Pathfinder which crashed and landed in the house belonging to Gloria Sinclair, 74, late on Dec. 8, 2011, near the intersection of West Market Street and Wickliffe Street in Newark. No one was injured, but Ms. Sinclair was home at the time with her daughter and 2 year-old grandson. A few short minutes before the accident, her grandson had left that room, a computer room, which the SUV crashed into.

Well. That's one way to find a parking spot. I hope disgruntled New York City drivers out there - myself included - don't take this as inspiration when circling the block for the hundredth time after a long night of looking for that elusive spot.

According to the Star-Ledger, this scene occurred after a driver lost control of her SUV when driving in Newark, N.J. Fortunately, after landing in the second story of a home, no injuries were reported.

“You thought it was a bomb, maybe it was an explosion downtown,” said Evelyn Sykes, 28, who lives several houses away from the accident scene. “The house shook and the windows were shaking.”

“Of course,” she added after she saw the SUV, “I wasn’t expecting to see that.”

A dark Nissan Pathfinder was deeply embedded inside the room on the second floor of the house, leaving a clean, gaping 10-foot-by-10-foot hole where two windows once were.

Five minutes earlier, Gloria Sinclair’s grandson and daughter had been in the room where the SUV was. Sinclair had been watching television in the next room over when the vehicle struck. Read the full story.

For more images from the scene see the Star-Ledger's photo gallery on the accident.

Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger

A Nissan Pathfinder crashed and landed in the house belonging to Gloria Sinclair, 74, late on Dec. 8, near the intersection of West Market Street and Wickliffe Street in Newark.