Car Plows Into Building due to Stuck Accelerator, No Serious Injuries

December 21, 2012
Dwayne Page
Car Plows Into Building
Pack Car Hits this Parked Mini-Van Before Running into Building

No one was seriously injured in a bizarre accident Friday morning in which a car traveling through a parking lot, struck another vehicle and then plowed into a building on East Bryant Street.

Central dispatch was notified at 11:10 a.m.

Corporal Travis Bryant of the Smithville Police Department told WJLE that 85 year old Ernest Pack, driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus, was driving through the parking lot around back of Doc's Detail when his accelerator apparently stuck. The car went out of control and hit the rear of a parked Town and Country mini-van belonging to Billy Cripps. Pack's car then came around the parking lot and ran into a building belonging to Charles Atnip, which is used for storage. The force of the impact into the building and a central heat and air unit caused an adjacent small tree to fall onto another parked car, a 2010 Kia Optima, belonging to Alvina Levan.

Pack was treated at the scene by DeKalb EMS but he refused to be transported to the hospital by ambulance. Pack's wife, who was also in the car with him, was not injured.

Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department and Extrication and Rescue Team were also on the scene to provide assistance.

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