KINGSTON, Tenn. - A driver who appeared to be having a seizure plowed his van into a busy Tennessee beauty salon on Tuesday, injuring at least 10 people and trapping some behind debris, witnessess and hospital officials said.
Rescuers used pieces of lumber to shore up the badly damaged shop and spent at least an hour pulling victims from the rubble, witnesses said. Six people were airlifted to a trauma center, including at least one in critical condition.
Employee Tiffany Coy, 38, said she was trapped inside a back room with a customer after the van tore through the front of the packed Classic Styles salon about 30 miles west of Knoxville. Another eyewitness said it looked like the van was parked inside the salon after the crash.
"The whole place moved like there was an earthquake then smoke started pouring under the door," Coy said as she tried to clean up among bottles of spilled hair products and bent hairstyling chairs.
Coy said Tuesday is the small salon's busiest day of the week, and all four stylists had customers in their chairs at the time of the crash. She said she had to wait until rescue workers freed her and her customer from the debris blocking the door to the back room.
Eyewitness Kim Watson said in telephone interview that that the driver of the van struck another car before hitting the front of the salon, and that he appeared to be having a seizure when he was pulled from the van.