Two cars crash into Gainesville apartment complex in past 6 months

GAINESVILLE, Tex. (KXII) - In just six months, cars have plowed into the same apartment two separate times.

Now two Gainesville families are looking for a new place to live.

"It all happened in the blink of an eye," said Jerry Elmore, who used to live at the Broadway Manor Apartments.

Tuesday afternoon Elmore was watching TV waiting for his 8-year-old son to get home from school when a car crashed into the bedroom.

"As soon as I sat down, it just plowed through. Didn't see it, didn't hear no brakes squeaking, nothing. He just plowed through," Elmore said.

Gainesville police said the driver told them his brakes failed. No one was seriously hurt.

Back in August, a truck crashed into the apartment across the building at the Broadway Manor Apartments.

Police said the 15-year-old driver died a month later.

Two families had to move, including Chelsea Brewer's brother.

He has four kids, the youngest is four and still has nightmares.

"It's heartbreaking that my littlest niece will wake up in the middle of the night just screaming, and she'll just scream 'truck'," said Brewer.

Brewer said her family was told they couldn't move to another available apartment at the complex, so they're living with her for now.

Elmore said Broadway Manor offered them a new place, but they were already gearing up to move after the first crash.

Their lease would have been up in March.

"We were just waiting for our lease to be up so we could move, and then a week into the new year and somebody smashed through our apartment," Elmore said.

Both families lost clothes, toys, electronics, furniture and more.

"Something's got to be done because too many accidents happen right here," Brewer said.

Police said the driver from Tuesday won't face charges.

City Manager Barry Sullivan said they'll work with TxDOT to look at possible changes to improve the situation on the road.

The complex declined to comment.