Victims walk away after S-U-V crashes into Austintown store
Police are saying that it's a miracle that no one was seriously injured when anS-U-Vcrashed into a store at the Austintown Plaza on Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 30th 2014, 6:12 PM EST by
Wednesday, January 7th 2015, 4:38 PM EST
Police are saying that it's a miracle that no one was seriously injured when an S-U-V crashed into a store at the Austintown Plaza on Tuesday.
Several ambulances were dispatched to the Plaza at 6000 Mahoning Avenue just before 6:00 p.m.
First responders arrived to see the S-U-V on its side inside the Dots clothing store.
The vehicle went over the sidewalk and flipped over a brick apron below the plate glass window.
"It was crazy. I was behind the desk and I just heard a loud noise, and it just went right in the window," said Dots Employee Stacy Ramsey.
"I just thought I need to see if everybody is okay, and I heard a little boy crying and I just thought 'oh my gosh."
Police say, a mom and her son, believed to be eight or nine years old, were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The woman was trapped inside the S-U-V, and rescuers had to cut away the wreckage to free her.
Neither victim was seriously injured, but were taken to a hospital to be checked out before being released.
Two employees and a customer inside the store were also uninjured.
Fire officials expressed some concern about gasoline leaking from the vehicle, however there was no fire.
The woman driving the S-U-V originally told authorities that she believed that another child was inside the vehicle. But police later determined that she had already dropped off the child at another location before the crash and may have been confused.
Police are investigating the possibility that a medical issue may have led to the accident.