SAN JOSE -- Christmas Eve on a tranquil street in North San Jose got a rude interruption Tuesday morning when a purported street race literally went sideways and sent one of the cars crashing into a living room, with the residents miraculously avoiding injury, authorities said.

Witnesses said a red Pontiac GTO and a white car were racing along Cropley Avenue west of Piedmont Road around 10:45 a.m. when the GTO clipped a vehicle and lost control. The car careened off the roadway, where it crashed into a truck and then went rear-end first into a home at the southwest corner of Cropley and Grosvenor Drive.

San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said no one inside the home was injured. One of the occupants of the GTO was taken to the hospital with what Randol described as "minor to moderate" injuries.

Randol said both drivers are expected to be charged with vehicle code violations related to street racing. Penalties carry as much as six months in jail, community service, a monetary fine and loss of driving privileges.

The house was heavily damaged by the crash, and the San Jose Fire Department kept watch over the structure as a work crew was summoned to board up the damaged portions.

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