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Two families homeless after car plows into apartment building

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A drive-thru is normally found at a fast food restaurant, not an apartment building.

Jonesboro police and rescue crews were called to the 3500 block of Race Street around 1:30 Monday afternoon after a car crashed through the wall of an apartment.

Luckily, no one was injured during the accident, but two families are now homeless until the building is repaired.

"God works in mysterious ways," Bertha Mullins said. "I feel blessed. I feel very blessed."

Mullins may have a much stronger faith now after what she endured Monday. She avoided injury after leaving her living room and walking into her bedroom just seconds before a car crashed through her apartment.

"I heard a loud [sound] like an explosion," Mullins said. "I thought it was something that had blown up in my apartment and then I saw light, which I thought was from the explosion and I hit the floor."

Mullins says she stayed on the bedroom floor until things got quiet again. The only sound she could hear was a hissing noise coming from the living room.

"I got up on the bed and peaked around the corner where I could see in there," Mullins said. "I got on up and looked into there, and I saw the car and I saw that the car was sitting in my living room."

When she got closer to the car, she says she saw that the female driver was not moving. That's when she ran out the back door and asked her neighbors to call 911. Brenda Zolper, the manager and owner of the apartment complex, arrived shortly thereafter and says the driver was responsive.

"We think she must have hit the gas and just came through, went through the mailboxes and her car ended up in the middle of the apartment," Zolper said. "She was very out-of-it, very agitated and out-of-it. A lady that lives here in the neighborhood knew her said that she has seizures sometimes."

The first responders were unable to say what the driver's condition was, only that the crash likely happened because of a medical issue.

Zolper says it will take extensive work to repair Mullins' apartment and the unit next door, where the other tenants felt the impact.

"The people in [unit] number three were sitting on their sofa watching TV," she said. "They thought an earthquake hit because they ended up in the middle of their living room, almost in their kitchen, but no one was hurt."

Mullins is unsure where she will stay now since she and her neighbors cannot get back into their apartments until they're fixed, but she hopes that the driver is okay.

"Thank God she's alright hopefully," Mullins said, "but I thank God that I'm here today because it could have come out to be a whole different story."

Zolper hopes to hire a carpenter or a contractor as soon as possible that can fix the building.

"It's going to be major work," she said. "The tenants cannot stay there. They're having to get out until I can get it fixed, so as soon as possible it's going to be repaired."

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