COLUMBIA — A man was hospitalized Saturday night after he crashed his black Jeep Cherokee into the Shelter Insurance claims office in west Columbia.
The Columbia Fire Department arrived on the scene at 7:52 p.m., five minutes after receiving notice of the accident, according to a fire department media release. The car had careened into the south side of the building, located at 1905 West Ash St., coming to rest halfway through a brick wall.
Firefighters provided emergency medical care to the driver, and he was taken to University Hospital for serious injuries, Columbia Fire Battalion Chief John Metz said.
The driver was the only person in the car when it crashed, Metz said.
The Columbia Building and Site Development Department evaluated the building's structural integrity and determined it was safe to occupy, despite "significant cosmetic damage," according to the release. No emergency shoring or bracing was installed.
The cost of the damage was unavailable Sunday morning. The cause of the accident and any potential charges to the driver were also unknown.