Three hospitalized after car drives into pharmacy

Three hospitalized after car drives into pharmacy

The Ford Explorer ended up completely inside the building. The Ford Explorer ended up completely inside the building.

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Three people were injured Thursday when a car accidentally drove into the storefront of a Knoxville pharmacy.

A man's Ford Explorer crashed into Mac's Pharmacy on Washington Pike around 1:30 p.m.

Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said a man was picking up his wife from a beauty shop across the street from the pharmacy.

That's when the driver, Dewey Kidwell, 80, said the gas pedal of his Ford Explorer got stuck and drove straight across the road and into the building.

Witnesses are still startled by what happened and say their first instinct was to make sure everyone was alright.

"I mean it was like at my cash register, and then it went on up into the pharmacy area," said witness and Mac's Pharmacy employee Brenda Underwood.

Employees and customers inside the Washington Pike pharmacy were shocked when an SUV crashed through the front door.

"I had just waited on a customer, she was getting ready to walk out, and here comes a car, just flying through the front door, past, knocks over one of the displays and just ran up into the back of the pharmacy area," Underwood explained.

Kidwell's wife, Ann, was taken to Tennova Hospital after the accident. Her husband received no injuries.

Rhonda Curtis is an employee at Mac's. She was also injured, as was Grady Amann, a customer in the store at the time.

"We were all hollering, 'Is everybody ok?' We started giving name checks to see if everybody was ok. One of our pharmacists jumped on top of the vehicle and was telling the gentleman to keep his foot on the brake, don't move, turn the car off. Our main concern was we thought that the fumes from the car might injury us, so we started hollering making sure everybody was there," Underwood added.

Police say none of the injuries appear serious.

Firefighters were able to back the car out of the shop without any trouble so it could be towed.

"This is very preliminary, but it certainly looks like it might have been a case of confusion. He actually thought he was pushing on the brake when he was actually pushing on the accelerator. That's what it appears at this point, although it is still under investigation," said KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk.

Employees are still trying to process what happened.

"I've seen this in movies, but I never ever thought this would happen. Just to see a car coming at you, I never thought this would happen," Underwood concluded.

All of the narcotics have been removed from the store, and it has been secured.

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