Van Crashes into Apartment

1 decade 11 months 2 weeks ago Monday, June 04 2007 Jun 4, 2007 Monday, June 04, 2007 3:03:32 PM CDT June 04, 2007 in News
There were some tense moments Sunday afternoon after a van crashed through the front of a Columbia apartment building on Granada Boulevard. Columbia fire and rescue officials responded to the call at about 3:00 p.m. The van went clear through a sliding glass door knocking an apartment tenant off of his couch and onto the floor. The owner of the van says she thought the van was in reverse, but it was not. Officials say it's lucky the van crashed where it did.

"It had very little resistance with just a sliding glass door and as you can see it just kinda lined itself up perfectly with that opening, took the mirrors of the vehicle off, of course, as it went in, but, yeah, I think all in all pretty fortunate afternoon that the occupant of this apartment was not seriously injured," said Steve Sapp, Battalion Chief, Columbia Fire Department.

A tow truck managed to pull the van out of the building about an hour after the incident. Building inspectors, at this point, say the building is structurally alright. There's no word on where the affected apartment tenant will live.

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