The living room of a house on Bill Mays Road was severely damaged Monday afternoon when a car rammed into it from across the street, destroying Halloween decorations in its path.

An occupant of the home, Howard Patterson, 65, was slightly injured and was transferred to Marymount Medical Center, said Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Gaylor. The driver of the plum Lexus, Ruby Sweet, 64, was also taken to the hospital to be checked out. Barbara Patterson, Howard’s wife, was not injured.

The accident happened about 2 p.m. at 195 Bill Mays Road. Howard Patterson was in the living room when the car entered the house and was knocked into a wall and Barbara Patterson was in the kitchen at the time, Gaylor said.

Sweet, who lives across the street, was attempting to drive down her driveway when her accelerator stuck, causing her car to zoom across the road, pushing over a bench with a scarecrow, knocking down the right post to the entrance of the front porch, and plowing through stacks of hay and wooden pumpkins before nesting in the middle of the Patterson’s living room.

Assisting at the scene were the Laurel County Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County.

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