Car crashes into Haywood Christian Ministry

Nov 15, 2012
Photo by: Stina Sieg A car driven by a Clyde man accidentally drove through a large window at the Haywood Christian Ministry Thrift Shop Wednesday afternoon. Three people were transported to MedWest-Haywood, though none are thought to have life-threatening injuries.

It was business as usual at the Haywood Christian Ministry Thrift Shop Wednesday afternoon — until it suddenly wasn't.

Around 1:25 p.m., a car crashed through the store's large front window and lurched forward several feet before coming to rest in the middle of the furniture section. No one was seriously hurt, but two shoppers were transported MedWest-Haywood directly after the incident. A third was taken about 20 minutes later after becoming faint, supposedly from shock.

The driver, 73-year-old James Coning, of Clyde, refused treatment. He told authorities he was attempting to park outside the Branner Avenue store when he got a leg cramp and accidentally pushed down on the accelerator.

Within seconds, his Subaru Forester was pushed up against couches, racks of clothes and stuffed animals. Glass was everywhere.

The crash sounded like an "explosion" said JoAnn Phillips, who was staffing the cash register at the time. In that split second, she imaged someone had dropped something — something very heavy — in the store.

She was handing a customer some change, "and all of a sudden there was this vehicle in the room," she said.

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