Car drives through local veterinarian’s office

Posted at 8:26 PM, Dec 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-13 20:26:51-05

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WTVR)—A car drove into a veterinarian’s office Wednesday, and a matter of inches could've turned the Colonial Heights incident into a life-threatening emergency.

The morning after the contractor’s outside are chipping away loudly at repair work to the building, making the day a little harder, but workers “are making do."

The work became a priority shortly after five Wednesday night, when a customer’s car came crashing through the wall.

Workers say they had a little girl in the vestibule area, she was screaming and crying. At first they didn't know what happened."

"A client was pulling into the parking spot and she says her foot slipped and her glasses dropped-she ran into the corner of the building,” said Dr. Margaret.

Contractors told CBS 6 that if the woman had hit about a foot in the other direction, there would've been severe structural damage, with possibly a partial roof collapse. But as it stands now this place is open for business, thanks to a former mayor who's now a structural engineer.

Charlie Townes got the ball rolling and found a  contractor to quickly come fix the damage.

The former mayor and longtime resident of Colonial Heights said he knew the vet had a schedule loaded with animal operations and that the pet procedures couldn't wait.

And while things are as close to business as usual as they can get, workers said "it was an interesting day at work-like none we've had before."

They said they're happy no one was seriously injured, and that a building can be repaired - a life can't be replaced.