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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • UPDATE: Eldorado woman crashes through bowling alley

  • An Eldorado woman crashed through the wall of Ross Cottom Lanes and came to rest against the bar top in Rooster's Bar Friday morning.
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  • An Eldorado woman crashed through the wall of Ross Cottom Lanes and came to rest against the bar top in Rooster's Bar Friday morning.
    The bowling alley opens at noon and owner Doug Cottom and staff were getting ready for the day's business when the crash jolted everyone.
    "We were 50 feet from it or so. I thought it was an explosion," Cottom said.
    "It sounded like a gas explosion. Then we realized somebody had run through the building."
    According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, the driver, Betty Reed, 83, Eldorado, was slowing down on U.S. Route 45 to avoid another vehicle that was turning, stepped on the gas instead of the brake struck a pole and two signs before crashing though the wall of the bowling alley, coming to rest once it struck a support beam.
    A MedForce EMS crew, Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown and deputies worked to free the female driver from the car. She did not appear to be seriously injured and was speaking while being loaded into the ambulance.
    Reed was taken to Harrisburg Medical Center with what the sheriff's office described as a minor injury and then flown to St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Ind., as a precaution.
    The accident remains under investigation. No others were injured and there are as yet no charges.
    Cottom said the bowling alley would be closed Friday, but hoped to have at least the lanes open to bowlers Saturday.
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