1 seriously injured in St. Paul crash

Updated: August 22, 2019 06:18 PM

Authorities say a pedestrian was seriously injured during a two-vehicle collision in St. Paul Thursday morning. 

Police said the crash occurred at Case Avenue and Arcade Street at about 9:30 a.m.


Police said an eastbound SUV was going to make a left turn on Arcade Street, when it was struck by another car. The car then crashed into the side of a lingerie shop. 

The car also hit a 30-year-old woman who was standing on the street corner with two young children. Police said the children were not hit. According to a spokesman with the St. Paul Police Department, the woman was taken to the hospital and is in serious condition.

Dave McIntyre was across the street when the crash happened.

"I heard acceleration and then I hear the 'booming' sound," he said.

McIntyre rushed to help the drivers in the SUV and the car, but quickly discovered the woman injured on the curb.

"She was sitting down on the sidewalk," he said. "The kids was crying. It was just [an] unbearable scene to watch."

People who live near the intersection also reported hearing the crash and calling 911.

Sherrill Herron was one of those neighbors, and remembers hearing the children crying.

"That's the first thing I heard," Herron said. "I think they were more traumatized than anything."

St. Paul police said they've seen an uptick in cars crashing into buildings this summer.

"It seems like it's happening once a week," said department spokesperson Steve Linders.

In May, SPPD said a driver swerved to avoid another vehicle on Marshall Avenue and drove into a window well of a dorm at Concordia University in St. Paul.

In late July, a Ford Taurus crashed into the Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning, located at 1030 University Avenue West. A month later, police responded when an SUV crashed into Scout, located in a historic building at West Seventh and Leech Street. Neither crash resulted in injuries.

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in Thursday's crash at this time.

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