Around 2:15 pm on Thursday, August 19 a car drove into McCook’s Pharmacy, at 23630 Highway 80 East.
Owner Len McCook was in the pharmacy, along with the McCook’s Pharmacy team and staff when he described what sounded like a bomb going off.
“For a few seconds we were certainly unsure of what happened. There was a horrible noise and glass shattered and the shelving was moving,” said Len McCook. “Then we realized there was a car in the building and it was still running.”
Fortunately, even though the store had customers, no one was in the area where the car came into the building. There were no injuries of staff, customers or the driver of the car.
The driver of the car is a long time customer of McCook’s. She had just left the store and for some reason drove forward, instead of backwards. She bounced over the curb and a short brick wall, through the front glass and into the store.
“She felt horrible about it. I explained to her, that is why we all have insurance. Accidents happen,” said McCook.
McCook said he team were quick to ensure she was out of the car safely and that no one was injured.
“What was really impressive was how quick help arrived. The GSP officer was here in seconds. Our insurance agent, contractors and glass company were here within a few minutes of being called and started securing and repairing the building,” said McCook.
Contractors are securing the building and will build a temporary wall to replace the window until it can be replaced. The glass and window is custom, so that may take a little while.
If you drive by and see the windows boarded up, you will know they have not gone out of business. Just the sign of an eventful day at the pharmacy.
There are certainly advantages of living in a small town as a business owner. You know who to call and they typically are quick to respond to help.