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The Iowa State Patrol said today they cited Derek Gearhart for failure to maintain control of a vehicle and also for not having insurance.  His car veered off the highway Tuesday afternoon and caused considerable damage to a house in Dyersville.

A trooper with the State Patrol said he spoke with Gearhart this morning, who has been released from the hospital.  He said Gearhart sustained no major injuries or breaks, just some cuts and bruises.

The trooper also said there were no drugs or alcohol present in Gearhart's system or vehicle.  According to the trooper, Gearhart said he might have experienced a "white out", causing him to veer off the highway.

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Matt Naber had his afternoon of work interrupted by a very unexpected event.  A car that had lost control on Highway 20 in Dyersville crashed into his house.  This happened around 2:00 p.m.

"I just heard all this banging, and I saw the window shatter," he said. "And when that happened, I just screamed, natural reaction, and then I got to the other room. And then when the commotion stopped, which took about 10-20 seconds with all the boards flying around, I got up and looked through the kitchen window and all the debris, and I saw the car sitting out in the backyard here."

The car was being driven by 23-year-old Derek Gearhart of Hopkinton.  Naber said the car ended up upside down, and by the time he got outside, Gearhart was out of the car and slumping against it.

Gearhart was rushed to Mercy Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Naber wasn't injured either, just a bit rattled.  He said the car disintegrated the back deck, then hit a back wall, and finally the corner of the house.  A few windows were shattered, and he could see outside when he opened the kitchen cabinets, he said.

He's most worried about the corner of the house.  He said he's unsure if there is structural damage, but that's where the majority of the damage to the house was.

By 6:00 p.m., they had the holes boarded up and were working to restore the power.  Naber said he hoped they would be able to stay in the house tonight.

There is no clear cause of the crash. The officer who responded for the Iowa State Patrol couldn't be reached for comment.

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