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Woman and children injured when carport collapses in Boardman

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BOARDMAN, Ohio - Neighbors who live around unit 110 at The Villages at Lemans in Boardman responded immediately after the car port in their complex collapsed.

"We were able to peek underneath and we saw there was the grandmother and two toddlers trapped underneath," says Matthew Feehley of Boardman.

But the boys, both under the age of five, would not come to Feehley or others. They are from Uzbekistan and speak primarily Russian.

So residents used blocks and muscle to hoist the structure off the victims, all the while fearing the worst.

"I was worried  because there are nails sticking down from the roof of the carport. I was afraid it would be like an iron maiden dropping down on them," Feehley says.

"I was terrified. As we lifted it more and more, you started hearing the children crying," says Jameelah Wylie of Boardman. "The youngest littler one, he had some really bad brush burns and scrapes all over him. The grandmother kept grabbing her hip."

Witnesses tell 21 News the grandmother was cleaning out the car when somehow the 2006 Toyota Camry slammed into the two metal support posts that hold the garage up. There are dents in the front of the vehicle.

But police are not certain who was driving the car. Alvin White, an employee at The Village at Lemans, was trimming the hedges just a few feet away when the accident took place.

"Nobody was in the car that's what caught my eye no body in the car," says White.

Boardman police say once they interview the family with an interpreter, the person who was driving the car could face criminal or traffic charges depending on the severity of the injuries.

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