North Lee crash badly damages Habitat ReStore
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jul 23, 2014 | 1686 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TWO PEOPLE suffered minor injuries Tuesday when the car in which they were traveling crashed into the Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland ReStore located at the corner of North Lee Highway and Paul Huff Parkway. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
TWO PEOPLE suffered minor injuries Tuesday when the car in which they were traveling crashed into the Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland ReStore located at the corner of North Lee Highway and Paul Huff Parkway. Banner photo, GREG KAYLOR
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Cleveland Fire Department firefighters, along with Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Emergency Medical Service personnel, responded to a North Lee Highway business Tuesday afternoon after a car reportedly crashed through the building. Significant damage was done to Habitat for Humanity’s north ReStore location.

The white Nissan Altima was driven by Betty Rutledge, 77. Rutledge and her passenger, Francis Swafford, 79, were both transported to SkyRidge Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, according to Evie West, information officer for the Cleveland Police Department.

Officer Jacob Varnell is in charge of the investigation.

According to reports, the crash was reported around 2:30 p.m.

The car traveled through a brick-and-glass wall and apparently spun around once inside the store.

It came to rest approximately 20 feet inside the ReStore building.

A number of items inside the store were pushed or damaged by the impact of the car.

CFD officials aided at the scene by making sure the area affected was stable, so BCEMS officials could treat Rutledge and Swafford.

The car sustained minor damage.

No indication was given as to the cost of damage to the building.

According to West, no one suffered injury inside the store.