At least 2 injured after car crashes through downtown Lawrence storefront

At least two people, including a pedestrian, were injured when a car crashed through the front of a downtown Lawrence business Wednesday afternoon, Lawrence police said.

People quickly responded to help the pedestrian, who was lying on the ground, and the driver of the car that was partially inside the Liberty Hall video store at 646 Massachusetts St.

Emergency vehicles arrived, and the two victims were taken to the hospital by ambulance, but their conditions were not immediately known, said Sgt. Troy Squire of the Lawrence Police Department. An update on their conditions was not available Wednesday night.

The crash occurred about 3 p.m., when an SUV and a Toyota Corolla with Iowa license plates collided in the intersection of Massachusetts and Seventh streets, Squire said.

The Toyota spun out, leaving the roadway. It hit the pedestrian and knocked over a concrete planter before crashing through the storefront, crushing glass and pushing forward concrete blocks into video shelves. The door jamb also was broken and bent.

The driver of the SUV appeared unhurt but drove to the hospital to be checked for injuries, Squire said.

By 4 p.m. Wednesday, Squire said, the crash was still under investigation and police planned to interview the victims as soon as they could. An hour later, the car had been towed away and the smashed storefront boarded up.

No further details were available late Wednesday.