A car crashed into a house today at the corner of 17th Street and Balsam Avenue, causing a gas leak and sending the driver to the hospital with minor injuries.

At around 11 a.m., a silver Buick Lacrosse was traveling east on Balsam Avenue when it went over the curb and onto the grass in front of the Mt. Zion Early Childhood Center, 1680 Balsam Ave, according to Boulder police Sgt. Michael Everett.

The car ran into a bush on church ground, then continued traveling across 17th Street. The car took out a wooden fence and ran into a house in the 1700 block of Balsam.

The male driver of the car was taken to the hospital with minor abrasions. Everett said it is not yet known what caused him to crash.

Crews on scene reported a strong smell of gas, and 17th Street was closed from Balsam to Alpine avenues. Xcel shut the gas off at about 11:30 a.m.

The owner of the house, Dan Heiges, arrived on scene after the crash and said nobody was home at the time.

Heiges said the car crashed into his son's bedroom and bathroom, and that his son asked him to make sure he got his signed Colorado Rapids soccer ball out safely.

Heiges joked that he will now need to find a new place to watch this afternoon's World Cup match between the U.S. and Belgium.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars at 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars.