While they may be big news when they happen, vehicles crashing into buildings is actually a common occurrence. There are approximately 20,000 vehicle-into-building crashes annually. This figure works out to about 50 to 60 of these types of crashes a day. A great majority of these buildings, approximately 20 per day, are convenience stores. Forty-one percent of these crashes are usually caused by a driver confusing which pedal is the brake and which one is the gas. These figures were compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Storefront Safety Council. The Macon Telegraph reports on a car crashing into a restaurant.
Larry Slocumb, a cook at Anderson’s Diner, begins preparing lunch at about 5 a.m. before most people even have breakfast. At about 6 a.m., he heard a loud bang.
At first, he thought it may have been a customer at the door, but there was no one there. After looking outside, he saw that a Lincoln Towncar had crashed into the front of the building.
30-year-old Levi Calhoun, of Macon, suffered a seizure while driving north along the 3700 block of Pio Nono Avenue in Macon, Georgia. The car managed to take out the flagpole and some bushes nearby the restaurant.
Two ambulances were dispatched. However, neither Calhoun nor his mother, who was a passenger in the vehicle, needed to go to the hospital.
Before getting back to work, Slocumb said that he was thankful that no one was hurt. The restaurant remains open for business.
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