A BMW SUV crashed into the side of 428 Windmere Drive Tuesday afternoon, damaging the building and a Nittany Eye Associates exam room.
The force of the crash was strong enough that it dislodged a door within the building, Alpha Fire Chief Jeff Martin said, trapping a doctor and a patient in the room. Martin confirmed that there were no injuries.
State College police Lt. Mark Argiro said that about 2 p.m., Carol Sokoloski, 77, of Spring Mills, was leaving an appointment when she noticed the vehicle’s hatchback was open. When she exited the vehicle to close it, the SUV began to drift toward the building. In her attempt to jump back in and stop, she instead hit the gas.
Nittany Eye employee Nancy Madden said the fire company was needed to get through the dislodged door to free the two men trapped in the exam room. All equipment was taken out of the room after the crash.
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“Everyone is safe and sound,” Madden said. “The patient is going home, everyone is taken care of.”
Centre Region Codes Director Walt Schneider verified that there was no structural damage to the building. Some interior walls were shifted in the accident, and three spaces were affected, he said, but the building will continue to be in use.
He approved the removal of the SUV after ensuring it was not tangled on any electrical wires or anything that would cause further damage to the wall.