‘Startled’ woman crashes car into Durham fire station, causing major damage

Officials examine the large hole in the fire station. Photo by Michael Hyland/CBS North Carolina.

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A woman crashed her car into a Durham fire station on Monday afternoon, leaving a large hole in the building and damaging rooms inside.

The incident, in which no one was hurt, happened around 4:15 p.m. at  Fire Station 14 at 1327 Umstead Road, officials said.

Firefighters were at the station when the crash happened. The driver of the car suffered a minor injury and refused treatment, Durham Fire officials said.

The crash happened when a woman was driving a car down Bivins Road toward the station, according to officials. The driver was “startled by something” and went through the intersection and hit the station, officials told CBS North Carolina.

The car crashed through several posts and the brick wall of the building.

“An unoccupied bedroom and a bathroom were severely damaged,” fire officials said in an email.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The view from inside the wrecked fire station. Photo by Michael Hyland/WNCN
The view from inside the wrecked fire station. Photo by Michael Hyland/WNCN

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