SUV slams into popular Memphis retail store - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

SUV slams into popular Memphis retail store

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Shoppers looking for bargain jewelry and purses got more than they asked for Saturday when a Ford Explorer crashed into a popular Memphis store.          

The SUV slammed into the Jun Lee Trading Company retail store on Summer Avenue Saturday morning, trapping two-shoppers beneath it.

"They were in a lot of pain," said Memphis Fire Department Battalion Chief Skeeter Rutledge. "Some arms broken pretty bad. Getting them out, getting them medication to stabilize definitely helped."

Catherine Dismuke was driving down National Street when she saw the Explorer cross over the center median and come within an inches of hitting her.

"He was going about sixty," Dismuke said. "He didn't stop or anything. Just kept flying. I think he had passed out or something."
Dismuke, who is six months pregnant, was thankful she didn't get caught in front of the out of control Explorer.  She called 911 when she saw the crash, and then she got out to help.

"I jumped out of the car and started running because I knew people were in there," she said.
Dismuke said the driver seemed disoriented.

"I think he was delirious. When he walked out of the building, he started walking down the street," she said.

Late Saturday, Memphis police were still trying to determine why the driver lost control of his vehicle.  Officials said there was no indication he had been drinking.  He was not critically hurt, and is not facing charges at this time.

Five people were injured in the accident, and were taken to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.  Late Saturday night, one person remained in critical condition.

Management at Jun Lee hoped to re-open their store by the end of the week.

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