PITTSFIELD -- A city man walked away without a scratch after crashing his car into the front porch of a duplex on Tyler Street late Sunday afternoon.

Shortly after 5 p.m., Michael Raymond, 49, was driving westbound on Tyler near Burbank Street when he lost control of his older model Buick, according to Pittsfield police. The vehicle suddenly jumped the sidewalk in front of the single-family home at 509 Tyler St. and clipped the iron railing of the cement steps leading to the house.

The Buick veered off the front lawn and slammed into the open wooden porch at 497 Tyler St. The impact ripped off two supports and tore up the porch floor, but the porch roof remained attached to the two-family home.

Police said Raymond didn't require medical treatment and he doesn't recall what happened. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Emily Reardon and her mother, Alicia Plankey, were watching a movie in the front room of 495 Tyler St., about 15 feet away from the crash impact.

"All of a sudden there was a boom and everything came off a shelf in the hallway," said Reardon.

It's unclear if the occupants of 497 Tyler were home at the time of the crash.

"Good thing it wasn't warm weather as the neighbors are always on the porch," Plankey said.

None of the tenants were injured.

A city building inspector was called in to assess the damage, which was estimated at $5,000, city fire officials said.


The tenants of the duplex, owned by Lisa and Douglas Crocker, are being allowed to stay in the home. However, they will have to use their rear entrances until the front porch is repaired.

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