Car crashes into Missouri mall, injuring shoppers - KMOV.com

Car crashes into Missouri mall, injuring shoppers

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- An elderly woman drove her car through a department store door on a busy holiday shopping day, injuring six people.

All of the injuries were minor, said Jill Weineke, spokeswoman for the Columbia police department. Five of those injured went to the hospital, some by ambulance and others on their own, police said.

Weineke said Monday in an e-mail she did not have updated information about their conditions.

The 71-year-old driver had a "diabetic problem" just before the crash, Weineke said. Her vehicle went about 100 feet into the store after crashing through the glass doors of a J.C. Penney's at the Columbia Mall on Saturday, police said.

"It was crowded. It was one of the biggest shopping days of the year," J.C. Penney's spokesman Tim Lyons said Monday. "It was a good thing that people were on the scene right away to sort of manage the situation and take care of the people that were injured."

The driver was not injured, and no charges had been filed against her Monday.

Witness Joe Johnson told KOMU that one man was pinned against a wall after the car crashed through racks of coats in the women's apparel section of the two-story building. Shoppers rushed to help the man, who had cuts on his face and an injured knee.

Damage estimates from the crash were not available.

The door was still being repaired Monday, but the store remained opened, Lyons said.

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