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Truck Strikes Animal Clinic

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - A woman driving a pick up truck lost control of her vehicle and went through the front of an animal hospital today. David Credch, head veterinarian at Pet Care on South Highland was in the building when it was hit.

He says he had no idea what had happened. "It sounded like a bomb went off," said Credch.

Emmanuel Roper told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News he saw the whole incident. "As we were driving north on the 45 Bypass, we saw a red pick up truck. She went out of control she went straight through the field and into the pet care center," he recalled.

Roper said after witnessing the incident, he pulled over and began helping the doctor collect the animals from the back.

"We immediately pulled over and me and one of the doctors went to the back and pulled the animals out...It was so smokey. We just had our hands to find the cages and once we found the cages I didn't know how big the dogs were I just grabbed the fur in front of me."

The animals were taken to a neighboring business until they could be transferred to a nearby animal hospital.

Dr. Credch said while it was a frightening experience he was glad no one was seriously injured. "We're pretty shook up. We're just glad everyone is safe, the people and the animals."

Emmanuel Roper said the sight of the out-of-control vehicle is something he will never forget. "This is just so crazy. Anything can happen, on any day and anytime."

The woman driving the vehicle was taken to an area hospital. Authorities said her injuries are not life-threatening. She will not face charges for the crash.
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