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Truck crashes into doctor's office
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
It was a sound that drew the immediate attention of the staff and customers at a hearing center.
"It sounded like a tree fell on the building. I really had no idea what it was," Dr. Christy Phelan Simon said.
Piles of brick and dirt and a chair covered with debris, part of the scene from an impact that threw an elderly patient into the air and tore a hole in the wall.
The driver of a truck crashed into the waiting room of the Phelan Hearing Center on North St. in Beaumont.
"The accelerator stuck. It has that factory defect that hasn't been repaired yet," Michael Keener, the driver of the pick-up truck, said. "Normally I can just tap it and it'll come unstuck but for some reason it got even more stuck."
Keener said he hit the brakes, but it was too late.
"It just kind of veered over there and I hit the curb and the truck spun around and this was where it stopped at," Keener said.
The front of the truck had minor damage, but the damage to the front of the building was major.
"We just did a hearing aid fit on a patient and they were coming in and they were sitting in the waiting room," Simon said.
Two sisters. The impact threw one of them into the air. A witness said she landed across the room between a chair and glass case.
"I was just shaking. I saw a hole in the wall and I saw the patient on the ground and so I just got down with her and we called an ambulance and got her taken care of," Simon said.
Witnesses said a chair flew across the room and hit the woman's sister.
"She had just gotten fit with her brand new hearing aids up, had them for like 15 minutes, and right when she left she said in all this chaos, I heard everything they said," Simon said. "It was really cute so they left in a good mood," Simon said.
And on their own two feet. The sisters told EMS they were okay and didn't need an ambulance ride to a hospital.
The hearing center didn't close and will open for regular hours. The staff is preparing to move into a new building now under construction. It should be ready in a couple of months.