Lebanon DMV closed after car crashes into building

Car crashes into Lebanon DMV

LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – A driving services center in Lebanon is closed after a car crashed into the building Monday morning.

It happened at the facility located at 204 Maddox Simpson Parkway.

The driver, Konjit Azeres, 54 of Antioch, was attempting to park a Honda Accord when she failed to apply the brakes, instead hitting the accelerator, according to driver services officials.

The car jumped the curb and crashed into the wall of the driving testing center.

Sixteen-year-old Caitlin Gann said she and her mom were filling out paperwork inside the facility when the accident occurred.

“We heard a crackle. We look back and a car came through the window,” she recalled.

At the time of the crash, several people were sitting with their backs against the window.

“It just frightened me a little bit because I didn’t know where the kids went [or] what was going on, because it happened so quickly,” Gann said. “There was a little baby in the seat and a little boy. My mom got up and grabbed the baby and the boy, as the parents and kids [were] running back to grab them.”

Bruce King was also inside the building at the time of the accident. He told News 2 he had brought his nephew to apply for his license.

“I heard my nephew say, ‘Oh, my God!’ and I looked around and I looked and I looked up and the car was coming through the windows,” King said.

King said he immediately thought the worst when he heard a baby crying.

“It made me nervous. I thought the baby was still under the car,” King said.

A woman and two small children were taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.

No serious injuries were reported.

The building was evacuated as a precaution.

Three other people were in the car with Azrese, Shimelis Worku, 27, Yezichalem Atalay, 30, and a 6-month-old baby.

They all were wearing a seat-belt and the baby was properly restrained in a child safety seat, according to officials.

No one in the car was injured.

Driver Services director Michael Hogan said Azrese didn’t have much experience behind the wheel.

“This was a new driver, probably a little bit confused, also a little bit frustrated because this process can be intimidating,” Hogan said.

Hogan said new drivers shouldn’t let a road test rattle their nerves.

“So we just telling the public whenever you come for a road skill test, take your time, be patient [and] be calm. We are not your enemy,” Hogan said.

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security Driver Services Division decided to close the center for the rest of Monday, and hope to reopen the facility as soon as Tuesday morning.

For a complete list of centers in Middle Tennessee, visit tn.gov/safety.

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