VIDEO: Car crashes into Illinois beauty salon

ByWill Jones via WLS logo
Thursday, June 30, 2016
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A close call captured on surveillance video after an 83-year-old driver makes a big mistake at Salon Fusion in Wilmette.

CHICAGO -- Surveillance video shows a car crashing into a Wilmette hair salon Wednesday afternoon while about 30 people were inside.

The 83-year-old driver was parked in the handicap space at Salon Fusion at 108 Skokie Blvd. when she hit the gas instead of the brakes. The car then came crashing through the reception area, and one worker was pinned in by the car.

"We heard this loud rush, honestly I thought it was a bomb, and then whoever was in the car just plowed through the front window," witness Cathi Borushek said. "She was going really fast. And it was over in like two seconds."

The owners said they're lucky no one was killed.

"We heard a loud bang. I turned around to the right and see a vehicle come crashing in through the salon and as I followed it in, you can see it literally going through the front desk and also going almost into our spa area," Giussepe, the salon owner said.

The elderly driver and two workers went to the hospital but were not seriously injured.

"Were very lucky no one was killed," said Mike McGreal, Wilmette Fire Chief. "The store was full. We did have people sitting in front who had just got up for their appointment."

The salon has only been in its location for seven months. The owners planned to have the salon back open Thursday.

Two other cars crashed into buildings in the Chicagoland area.

Crews responded to a hazmat situation Wednesday morning after a car struck a building and caused a gas leak on the city's Northwest Side.

Chicago fire and police responded to Elston and Cortland after a car crashed into a building and hit the gas line.

There were no reports of injuries, but the driver may have left the scene and went to work, early reports said. The passenger refused medical treatment, according to preliminary information.

Emergency crews also responded to a car crash at a Walgreens in suburban Highland Park at 655 Elm Place.

There was no visible damage and no reports of injuries.