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Front of downtown Morganfield building collapses after crash

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 4:20 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 8:03 PM CDT
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MORGANFIELD, Ky. (WFIE) - A car crashed into the front of a building in downtown Morganfield on Wednesday afternoon.

At the intersection of Morgan Street and Main Street, things are looking a little different. This is because an elderly woman behind the wheel of a white, Lincoln Continental had her blood sugar drop too low.

City officials say they don’t know if she fully passed out, but she slammed into the side of another car, and then hit the building.

The car was going fast enough that it lodged itself entirely inside the building. One person on the scene said it’s almost a good thing it did, otherwise that front wall would have come down on top of it.

The building has been there since 1897, but the current owner, Jerry Duncan, has had it for less than a year. He was working to renovate it, and now isn’t sure what his next move is.

”We don’t know, we’re just kind of starting all over again,” Duncan said. “Trying to find out what we can do - if the building is even salvageable.”

The city blocked off the intersection while crews worked to clear the road. Locals are now wondering what will happen to the rest of the building.

“We’re hoping today it’s going to be a little bit more tame, a little more normal,” Union County Clerk Garrick Thompson, who heard the crash and saw the wall come down said. “But yeah, I guess my curiosity and I think a lot of other people’s curiosity now is what happens to this building.”

But that’s a decision that more than just the city will make.

”Pretty quick, we’re going to find out which way we’ve got to go,” Fire Chief Rick Millikan said. “That’s kind of what’s slowed us down and why we’ve had to keep it closed. Because we’re dealing with the lady, the business owner and two insurance companies. We want to make sure we’re fair to everybody in whatever we do.”

Paramedics took the driver to a hospital in Owensboro. City officials say she has non-life-threatening injuries.

The building was vacant when the crash happened.

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