Car crashes into Rhinelander Friendship HouseSubmitted: 09/19/2017
Car crashes into Rhinelander Friendship House
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

RHINELANDER - A car crashed into Friendship House in Rhinelander on Tuesday. It turns out the crash happened, in part, because of a shoe.

Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier says investigators discovered the 79-year-old female driver's shoe had fallen off. She reached down to grab the shoe, and her foot accidentally hit the gas instead of the break.

The vehicle hit near the Lincoln Street side entrance around 3:30 p.m. 

"I was standing in the building right by the booth and I saw this car out of the corner of my eye and it was moving too quick to be stopping and then all of a sudden the whole wall started shaking and, yeah, there was a car in the side," said Friendship House employee Kreig Padley.

Padley said it looked like the car was travelling 20 miles an hour.

The driver had a male passenger in the car. Medics took both to St. Mary's Hospital. Gauthier says they suffered non-life threatening injuries.

"We actually had like an EMT and another paramedic kind of person in here eating so they went out there right away. They were helping her out, checking on her," said Padley.

The outside of the building suffered some cracks, but Padley says the only damage inside was a broken picture frame.

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