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Driver Jumps Curb, Crashes Into Lebanon DMV

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Aug 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:49:51-04

LEBANON, Tenn. – No one was seriously injured after a driver jumped a curb and crashed into the front of the State of Tennessee Driver Service Center in Lebanon. 

The incident was reported just before 10 a.m. Monday, at the center located on Maddox Simpson Parkway.

"The applicant came into register, the applicant went back to her vehicle, and the next thing you know, the applicant drove into the building," said Michael Hogan, with the State of Tennessee.

Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said 54-year-old Konjit Azrese of Antioch was attempting to pull into a parking space when she accidentally hit the accelerator, instead of the brakes. Azrese was there to take her driving skills test.

The car jumped the curb and crashed into the wall of the driving center, breaking several windows. There were people next to those windows in the waiting area at the time of the crash.

"There were two small children sitting in the chairs that were unattended, because their parents were in line, so me, and several others, were grabbing the chairs, trying to get the children, and we made sure no one was stuck under the car," said witness Nikki Gann.

No one inside the service center was seriously hurt during the incident.

"We did have three individuals we took to the hospital. We took two for precautionary reasons. There was one who had minor injuries, they complained maybe of a shoulder injury. But we do that as a precautionary, just to make sure everyone is okay." Hogan said. 

There were three other people inside the car that crashed into the building, including a six month old baby. Everyone inside the car was restrained, and not injured.

Azrese was not cited after the crash. Hogan said she will most likely return to the service center to take her driving skills test, when she is more comfortable behind the wheel.

The driving center will remain closed the remainder of the Monday. It will reopen at  8:30 a.m. Tuesday.