Car crashes into Dollar Tree store in Marshall | 1 injured, store closed rest of day

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A car crashed through a plate glass window into Dollar Tree store in Marshall Wednesday, Feb. 6. One person reportedly was injured in the accident. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

One person was injured when a car crashed through a plate glass window and into the Dollar Tree Store on Cherokee Drive in Marshall shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The person who was injured reportedly was struck by a display stand when the car came through the window, according to witnesses. The identity of the injured person was not immediately available.

The driver, Avon Hudson of Bosworth, said in her 89 years, this was her first traffic accident. She told Marshall police officers she was shaken up but not hurt in the accident.

Shoppers and store employees were startled by a loud boom as Hudson's car hit the window, but several people shopping near the front of the store escaped injury.

"I expected this to be a normal day at work," one employee said,

A shopper said the crash was a close call.

"We were just turning away from the Valentines when we heard a big old bang," said Kathy Hardwick. "Glass went everywhere."

After recovering from the initial shock, she and Cassie Haley made their way to the check out counter and paid for their items.

"'Oh my God' -- That was my first thought," said Tammie Garrison, who was standing near the front of the store and saw the white PT Cruiser come through the window.

Store Manager Melissa Boston said the store would be closed for the rest of the day as company officials assess the damage.

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  • Never a dull day in Saline County. I look forward to watching this unfold.

    -- Posted by SayleenCounty on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 5:11 PM
  • I know that we have a lot of drive thru's but If I was the dollar Tree should rethink this one! Glad nobody is hurt!

    -- Posted by salinemg on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 5:22 PM
  • just goes to show you how when you're 80 you should be retested every 5 years for a drivers license

    -- Posted by oldowlll on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 7:14 PM
  • We all age

    -- Posted by chicos1979 on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 8:55 PM
  • Granny is still driving on her lifetime pass.

    Granny missed the brake, instead she hit the gas.

    I heard her say in a manner firm, and terse,

    On my trip to the grave yard, I will drive the hearse!

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Sat, Feb 9, 2013, at 6:02 PM
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