3 hospitalized after elderly driver crashes car into Midlands library

3 hospitalized after elderly driver crashes car into Midlands library

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Three people were taken to the hospital after an elderly woman drove into a Midlands library.

The incident happened at Richland Library Northeast, located at 7490 Parklane Road around 6:30 p.m.

According to Lance Corporal Matt Southern with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the elderly driver pulled up into a handicap parking spot, but according to witnesses on the scene, had pulled up too far, and attempted to back up.

When she put her car in reverse, the woman hit two vehicles: a Ford F-150 with a passenger and an unoccupied Chevy Tahoe.  After that, she put her car in drive and unexpectedly drove into the front of the library, striking a person coming out of the front door.

The elderly driver, the truck passenger, and the customer leaving the library were taken to the hospital, but are expected to be OK, Lance Corporal Southern said.

The Richland Library Community and Media Relations Coordinator Emily Stoll released a statement saying:

Around 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 20, a vehicle struck the front entrance of Richland Library's Northeast location (7490 Parklane Road) as well as a customer who was standing outside the building.

The names of those hospitalized have not been released. SCHP continues to investigate the collision.

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