Car clips sign, almost crashes into State Farm office building

Thursday, July 14, 2011 | 5:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A car nearly crashed into the State Farm office building at 2415 Carter Lane early Thursday morning after clipping the brick sign in front of the building.

Brian Hazelrigg, an insurance agent with State Farm who was called to the scene after an alarm was triggered in his office, said the car had hit the sign in front of the building at full force, swerving until it came to a rest parallel to the building. Hazelrigg said he was called after 4 a.m.

"It couldn't have been any closer," Hazelrigg said, describing the final resting place of the car. He also said the car most likely would have crashed directly into the building if it hadn't hit the sign.

Hazelrigg said damage to the building was minimal, though debris from the sign flew 30 to 50 yards, and some of it impacted the building. He said there was some damage, but it would not cost a significant amount of money to repair.

Hazelrigg was not the insurance agent for the driver and was unable to identify him or  find out whether he was insured. He said the driver had been taken away in an ambulance.

Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer confirmed the driver had been taken to a hospital but was was unable to provide further details because she said it can take up to a week to file reports for accidents closed on-scene.

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