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Police: Woman drove into building

(Source: Newport Police Dept.) (Source: Newport Police Dept.)
NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) -

One person was hospitalized after a car plowed into a building.

Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department told Region 8 News an elderly woman drove into the Advanced Physical Therapy building, 1409 Malcolm Ave., Tuesday afternoon.

When emergency personnel arrived, they discovered Wanda Sullins, 80, of Diaz had driven through the building's glass facade and into the office area. He said it appears Sullins was in a parking spot in front of the building when she accidentally pressed the gas pedal instead of brake pedal.”

An employee was temporarily trapped in her office, and Sullins and her passenger were unable to get out of the truck. Police, fire, wrecker, and rescue personnel worked quickly to free them.

Neither Sullins nor her passenger were injured.

One person at the officer was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after having a seizure, Weatherford said. However, the person was not involved in the crash.

He said the building sustained “a lot of structural damage.”

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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