Elderly Driver Crashes Into JCPenney, Injuring Six
COLUMBIA - Six people were injured Saturday afternoon after an elderly woman drove her car through the doors of the Columbia Mall JCPenney and more than 100 feet into the store.
A witness said one man was pinned against a wall after the car crashed through racks of coats. He sustained minor injuries to his knee and cuts to his face, the witness said.
Joe Johnson, who saw the crash happen, said shoppers immediately rushed up to help the man.
"We had to pull 100 to 150 coats out from under the vehicle to get the gentleman out who was pinned between the vehicle and the wall and all the racks," Johnson said.
Five of the six people injured were transferred to University Hospital, and the sixth person was sent to Womens' and Childrens' Hospital. All injuries were characterized as minor. Two of those injured were children. The driver was not hurt.
JCPenney does not have an estimate for how much damage the wreck has caused to the store, but is still open for business.
Columbia Police are not releasing the names of the driver or any of those injured.