Wall collapses onto car in downtown Nashville; Woman injured

iReport2: Katrina Carter Burch

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The owner of catering business was injured when the wall of a building collapsed on top of her car Thursday in downtown Nashville.

The old United Methodist Publishing House on Demonbreun Street was in the process of being torn down when the wall fell around 9:30 a.m.

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A construction worker told News 2 that neither dynamite nor explosives were being used at the time. Instead, crews were pulling the building down when debris went the wrong way and ended up in the road.

Kimberly Nichols, who was driving her catering truck down the street, was hit by some of the debris and injured.

“My mother was driving and a building collapsed on her catering truck, but she feels blessed that she is alive. Her injuries are still unknown at this time and she is being evaluated,” daughter Jessica Mendez told News 2.

Nichols, 58, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Stephen D. Cline, President of Demo Plus, Inc, released the following statement: “We are thoroughly assessing the situation and working with local authorities to fully understand today’s isolated incident. Our immediate concern is for the well-being of the injured party and her recovery.”

Metro Public Works told News 2 the contractor has an active sidewalk closure permit from the department.

“Due to the collapse, we have been on scene, along with Metro Police Department and Metro Fire to ensure public safety,”  PIO Jenna Smith said.

The contractor will be responsible for clean-up and Metro Public Works has been asked to stay in touch with them to assist if needed.

An estimated 1,600 NES customers were without power immediately after the accident, including businesses in Cummins Station. According to the outage map, power was restored later Thursday afternoon.

NES said a substation breaker tripped when the building fell on the power lines.

The intersection at 10th Avenue South and Demonbruen was closed until Friday morning around 4 a.m.

The old publishing house is being torn down to make way for a new J.W. Marriott hotel.

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