Truck crashes into Brown Hotel, 1 injured

Truck crashes into Brown Hotel, 1 injured
Published: Jul. 10, 2017 at 3:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 10, 2017 at 4:28 PM EDT
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(Source: James Thomas/WAVE 3 News)
(Source: James Thomas/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Brown Hotel was damaged Monday when a pickup truck pulling a trailer crashed into the historic hotel.

Emergency crews were called to the corner of South 4th Street and West Broadway at 10:33 a.m. Fortunately, no one inside or on the sidewalk was hurt.

Freda Feibel is visiting Louisville from Florida and staying at the Brown Hotel.

"We had just come down for breakfast," Feibel said. "We heard some commotion because we were walking by the gift shop."

What she saw next, she almost couldn't believe.

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"There was a truck that had gone right through the building," Feibel said.

A pickup truck crashed through the Brown Hotel art gallery window.

"As soon as it happened, they came down and started taking everything out of there," Feibel said.

The staff was able to remove the displays, but a $400 sculpture that was up for sale wasn't spared.

"A white horse was damaged, his tail and his head broken," Feibel said.

Louisville Metro Police report, according to witnesses, the truck was traveling eastbound on Broadway when it ran the red light at the Fourth Street intersection. It hit a Nissan sedan, swerved onto the sidewalk and slammed into the window.

"We were in the lounge up there and we heard a lot of people saying there's been an accident," Doris Paul of Knoxville said.

The wall will be inspected, but the hotel expects to reopen the gallery on Tuesday morning. Staff and guests are just relieved that no one was seriously injured.

"I had bought something there, so thank goodness and hopefully the guy is not hurt too bad," Paul said.

The driver of the Nissan suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. The truck driver was not hurt. The incident remains under investigation.

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