The quiet of a Hannibal neighborhood was disrupted Tuesday morning by the sound of a van slamming into a parked car. That was followed a short time later by the wail of emergency vehicles rushing to the accident scene.
"I knew what it was as soon as I heard it," said Kim Smoot of 2530 Pleasant St., who lives across the street from the crash site. "He hit it hard because it was really loud."
"I had just gotten off work and was inside getting ready to go to sleep. That's when I heard the noise and came out," said Cory Jones, who lives next door to Smoot and was one of the first people to reach the crash scene.
Jones says the driver, identified by police as Max Jensen, 75, of Hannibal, was conscious when he reached the white Dodge Caravan.
"He said he wasn't OK," said Jones.
"I don't know if he had a health problem or what," said Smoot.
One person at the scene reported Jensen said the van hydroplaned on the wet pavement before hitting the car. HPD's preliminary accident report did not list a cause.
Jensen was transported from the scene by a Marion County ambulance.
The impact of the crash pushed the Ford Taurus several feet from where it was parked. The car, which had been facing east, was pointed north after the collision and was partway in a yard.
"He had to of hit it hard for it to be 10 to 15 feet from where it was parked," said Ina Busby, whose family reportedly owns the Taurus that was struck.
Busby said she was on her way to work when her grandson (Jones) called to tell her about the accident.
It is not uncommon for drivers to exceed the speed limit on Pleasant, according to Smoot.
"People are stupid the way the fly up and down through here, but I don't think that's what he (van driver) did," she said.