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Mount Vernon Fire Department personnel check out the damage done to the back of Knox Community Hospital after a car driven by Bobby Summers, Mount Vernon, crashed into the building Tuesday. Summers was admitted to KCH following the accident.
Mount Vernon Fire Department personnel check out the damage done to the back of Knox Community Hospital after a car driven by Bobby Summers, Mount Vernon, crashed into the building Tuesday. Summers was admitted to KCH following the accident. (Photo by Chuck Martin)

By Mount Vernon News
March 21, 2012 11:09 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — A vehicle crashed into an exterior wall of Knox Community Hospital, Tuesday afternoon, damaging an examination room in the fast-track area of the emergency department.

According to a report released this morning by the Mount Vernon Police Department, a vehicle driven by Bobby Summers, 85, Mount Vernon, backed into another vehicle in the parking lot of the KCH Pavilion. Summers’ vehicle then, “for unknown reasons, accelerated out of control toward the hospital,” the report stated. The 2005 Chevrolet went over the steps to the ER parking area, struck a parked vehicle and then the hospital.

The accident was reported at 3:24 p.m.

According to Prema Samhat, director of marketing and community relations for KCH, there were visitors in the exam room. One reported he felt impact from the crash. He was evaluated by hospital personnel but was free from injury.

Summers was admitted to KCH. He was listed in stable condition this morning.

Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace said officials were initially concerned that the crash might have affected an oxygen line built into the emergency area, but it was determined the accident did not affect the line.

“There was no delay in treatment,” Samhat said. “There was moderate damage to the wall.” Damage to the wall is expected to be repaired in the next couple of weeks.


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