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Police: Speeding car hits house, severs gas meter in Amherst

Two North Tonawanda men suffered minor injuries when their car went off the road and hit a tree and a house in Amherst on Wednesday night.

The men were driving west on Tonawanda Creek Road at a high rate of speed when they failed to negotiate a curve near Vine Lane, just west of Sweet Home Road, just before 11 p.m., Amherst Police said.

Their 1998 Acura took down a sign, demolished a telephone switchbox, hit a tree and severed a gas meter before it struck a house at 701 Tonawanda Creek Road and flipped over.

Police charged Nicholas D. Perkins, 25, with speeding, failure to keep right and crossing a double-yellow line. Perkins and passenger Tyler J. Kissel, 24, walked away with minor cuts and scrapes, police said.

No one in the home was injured.

The gas service to the home was shut off and both the fire and building inspector were called to inspect the home, police said.