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People evacuated after car crashes into building


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Emergency crews evacuated a building in Eau Claire this morning after a woman's vehicle crashed into it.

Police received a call around 10 a.m. Friday that a woman's red Chevrolet Monte Carlo struck another vehicle before hitting the Oakridge Medical Building. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No one was walking outside at the time of the accident, but people were told to leave the building.

"They did evacuate the building, it came in with the call that it smelled like gas. Our main concern at first was that they possibly struck a gas meter coming into the building or that the gas tank on the vehicle had ruptured," said Lt. Ben Hays of the Eau Claire Fire Department.

The Eau Claire fire department didn't find anything and people were eventually allowed to return inside after about 15 minutes. Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the accident. Damage to the building was estimated at $20,000.

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