Car crashes into business in East Knoxville

Car crashes into business in East Knoxville

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The car crashed into the Hobart Food Equipment building. The car crashed into the Hobart Food Equipment building.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - One person was hospitalized in East Knoxville Monday morning after a car plunged into the front of a local business.

The incident happened at the Hobart Food Equipment building on Magnolia Avenue near Cherry Street around 9 a.m.

A mid-90s Mitsubishi Montero SUV lost control while driving west on Magnolia Avenue, hydroplaned and struck a Ford Contour, which was traveling in the opposite direction, at an angle.

A witness told police the SUV went airborne after hitting the car before slamming into a concrete wall on the side of the building.

"The building itself was jeopardized, so our concern was not to cause further collapse of the building, and get the patient out, which they did," said Captain D.J. Corcoran of the Knoxville Fire Department.

The male driver in the SUV was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center for minor injuries.

A woman inside the business reported minor injuries but chose to seek treatment herself at a local clinic.

The four passengers in the Contour were not injured.

A crowd of onlookers, mostly parents taking their children to a martial arts class, were just hundreds of feet away from the point of impact.   

"Before I knew it, I heard a loud boom, I thought it was large pole or mailbox or something," said Tamara Clark.

First responders say it's a miracle no one was seriously injured. Many of the witnesses felt the same.

"Lots of kids in this area, the kids that was involved, blessed to walk away, so God was with everybody," said Clark.

Knoxville Police cited the driver of the SUV for driving too fast for conditions.

Workers at Hobart Food Equipment were already working to repair and reopen the building. The buildings owners opened the building back up on Monday night.

This is the third time a vehicle has driven into a building in the city of Knoxville in 2013.

In February, a middle school principal was killed when a man accidentally drove his car into the Tomato Head restaurant in West Knoxville.

Then in March, three people were taken to the hospital after the driver of a Ford Explorer said the SUV's gas pedal got stuck and accelerated into a local pharmacy.

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