Driver crashes into building; critically injured

Damage left behind after a driver crashed into The Tobacco Shoppe in Battle Creek. (Aug. 28, 2014)
Damage left behind after a driver crashed into The Tobacco Shoppe in Battle Creek. (Aug. 28, 2014)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old driver was injured when he crashed into a Battle Creek business Thursday morning, according to police.

Authorities said the teen hit a fire hydrant before he crashed into The Tobacco Shoppe, located on 205 E. Columbia Avenue. The wall of the building started to collapse after the crash.

A driver crashed into The Tobacco Shoppe building in Battle Creek.  (Courtesy Homespun Restaurant/Aug. 28, 2014)
(The Tobacco Shoppe. Courtesy Homespun Restaurant/Aug. 28, 2014)

Emergency crews had to extricate the teen from the vehicle. Air Ambulance — a medical helicopter transportation service — was called to the scene and transported the teen to a Kalamazoo hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition, authorities said.

A portion of Columbia Avenue was closed for over an hour, but it has since reopened.

No one was inside the building at the time of the crash.

Police said the building is structurally unsound. The owner told 24 Hour News 8 he is insured and plans to rebuild.

Officers at the scene said the teen may have experienced some type of medical issue before the crash.

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