Minivan crashes through Verizon; four hurt, undetermined medical condition likely cause

Four people were hospitalized after a crash through a business in northwest Emporia on Saturday.

A minivan crashed through the south entrance and then the east side of the Verizon building, 2313 Industrial, shortly after noon. Police Sgt. Scott Stormont:

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As many as 10 people were inside at the time. Three were taken to Newman Regional Health by ambulance, with one of the trio hit and dragged out of the store. The van driver, 52-year-old Doris Simon of Emporia, was taken to that hospital by private vehicle.

Conditions are unclear, although early indications from rescue workers are none of the injuries are life-threatening. Stormont says additional details will be released Monday.

The van missed the walls, instead shattering glass on both the south and east sides. The van actually stopped after partially climbing a curb in the store's east parking lot.

Verizon's plans for returning to business may not by finalized until early in the week.

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