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August 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Family pinned to wall by car that crashes into Columbia City shops


The SUV can be seen inside the Columbia City hair salon. (Seattle Fire Department photo)

Update at 5:46 p.m.: A Seattle building inspector has yellow-tagged the one-story building heavily damaged by an SUV Thursday afternoon.

The designation restricts access to the building until engineers can determine what can be done to shore up the structure. Seattle police are working to have the SUV towed from inside the building.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing.

Update at 3:21 p.m.: The Seattle Fire Department says of the seven people injured in the accident, six were taken to Harborview Medical Center, including the family of three pinned to the wall of the deli.

The building, which has two large cracks, is being inspected by city engineers.

Update at 2:58 p.m.: Candace Versey, whose mother owns the salon that was damaged in the accident, rushed to the building after she couldn’t reach her mother by phone.

Her mother, Carol Marie Cobb, was not in the salon at the time and is fine, she said. The two employees who were working in the salon are also OK, Versey said.

She said the damage is hard to believe.

“It looks almost like something out of a cartoon,” she said.

Versey said the business will re-open as soon as the building is repaired.

Update at 2:41 p.m.: Seattle fire now reporting seven total people injured. The injuries appear minor.

Update at 2:17 p.m.: A man, woman and their 10-year-old daughter were pinned to a wall by an SUV that veered off a Columbia City street and crashed into a hair salon and deli, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

The family of three, who were inside The Grecian Delight deli, were trapped for about 12 minutes before they were freed, said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

The woman who was driving the car, who is reportedly in her 40s, was trapped for about three minutes by fallen debris before she was freed. In addition, a woman and a boy, 6 to 8 years old, were injured in the Carol Cobb Salon.

The conditions of the injured were not immediately known.

An off-duty firefighter who witnessed the crashed grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out spot fires that flared beneath the SUV,  Moore said.

The main concern now that all the victims have been freed is the structure integrity of the building. Officials are not letting anyone inside.

All lanes around Rainier Avenue South and South Ferdinand Street will remain blocked until a structural assessment is completed on the building, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Update at 2:01 p.m.: The Seattle Fire Department reports six people were injured when an SUV crashed into a Columbia City hair salon and Greek deli.

Photos from the scene show the SUV well inside the building. Seattle fire says the impact may have compromised the structure of the building.

Damaged were the Carol Cobb Salon and The Grecian Delight.

Original post: An SUV has crashed into a building in Columbia City, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

The accident was reported just before 1:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of Rainier Avenue South. Initial reports indicated a car had crashed into a hair salon and people were trapped.

It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was injured.

This post will be updated.

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