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Driver plows through Sycamore Animal Hospital

A tarp covers a large hole in the Sycamore Animal Hospital at 310 East State Street after a car drove into the building Friday morning.
A tarp covers a large hole in the Sycamore Animal Hospital at 310 East State Street after a car drove into the building Friday morning.

SYCAMORE – A person trying to park in the lot at Sycamore Animal Hospital of Illinois did not brake in time, causing the car to jump the curb and ram into the front of the building Friday, police said.

Sycamore police were called to the hospital at 310 E. State St. about 8:30 a.m. Friday for reports of a car running into the building. The driver was trying to park the car and instead plowed into the building, entering the hospital’s lobby.

Deputy Police Chief Mike Anderson said no one was injured, including the driver, hospital staff and animals.

Anderson said the driver was not cited, and the vehicle was able to be removed from the wall.

A staff member at the hospital said the business had opened about a half-hour before the incident, and there were not yet any animal patients in the building.

In a statement posted on the hospital’s Facebook page, staff expressed relief that no one was injured and called the incident “unfortunate.”

“We did have to reschedule our appointments for this morning,” the statement reads. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our clients.”

The hole made by the vehicle was covered by a blue tarp later Friday morning, and it will have to be repaired by the hospital, Anderson said.

“That’s the responsibility of the tenant there,” Anderson said. “So we cleared
the vehicle and the accident scene.”

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