A pickup truck ran into a home near Irmo, knocking the front wall of the home onto two children as they slept in separate bedrooms.
Lance Cpl. David Jones with S.C. Highway Patrol said the crash occurred at 5:51 a.m. Friday on the 100 block of Raintree Drive.
A 7-year-old and a 9-year-old inside the home were struck by the vehicle, Jones said. The children were transported to a hospital with minor injuries.
The children’s father, who said his first name is Wade, said he, his wife and his children were asleep when they heard what sounded like a loud explosion. He said he and his wife jumped up, and all they could see was lights shining.
“I could hear my kids screaming,” he said.
“There was a lot of smoke, a lot of dust.”
Wade said he ran to one son’s room and had to kick the door down. He found his son underneath the door.
He ran to his other son’s room. “The truck was actually parked inside his room,” he said.
The door was stuck shut. So he got a sledgehammer from the front porch and beat the door down.
Thanh Nguyen, 47, was driving a 2016 Toyota Tundra pickup on Raintree Drive when he went off the left shoulder and struck the residence, Jones said.
Nguyen was transported to an area hospital for serious injuries.
The family was still shaken later in the day.
“The house is supposed to be our safe haven,” Wade said. The boys “probably will be scarred emotionally for the rest of their lives.”
Troopers continue to investigate.
Tim Dominick contributed to this story.