Witnesses at the scene said the incident happened around 11 a.m. A woman driving a Jeep SUV traveling north on Alabama 21 apparently left the highway near the intersection with Anniston Beach Road, driving over a drainage ditch and slamming into Gold Post Pawn and Jewelry after hitting a car in the parking lot.
“She was going so fast, and then I heard this noise like she was trying to brake,” said Alex Meeker, who was traveling south on Alabama 21 when the accident occurred. “There was so much room, I couldn’t believe she didn’t have time to brake.”
At least three people were in the store at the time of the crash, according to witnesses, including an infant who was being treated at the scene for head injuries. A witness said a woman came out the front door of the store after the crash and said she had been hit in the stomach.
Two women were carried away on stretchers in emergency response vehicles while Weaver police and firefighters attempted to remove the woman from the vehicle lodged in the storefront. They were finally able to remove her and carry her off on a stretcher around 11:40 a.m. The woman’s condition at the time was unclear.
Ken McElroy of Anniston EMS said all four victims were taken to Regional Medical Center and were in stable condition.
Police were still securing the scene around noon, and did not have information on the victims or the driver.
“The only thing we know is that a vehicle was traveling at a very high rate of speed and left the road,” said Weaver police Lt. Charles Plitt. “We don't know why.”
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