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Car Slams into Ridgeland Senior Center, Sends Four to Hospital

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A vehicle slammed into the Ridgeland Senior Center's dining hall on Tuesday morning, sending four seniors to recover in the hospital.  

The sight of the dining hall in the after math looked something like a battle zone.

"It was just surreal," says Executive Director Kathy Hightower. "It was like, 'Oh my gosh' you know, like something you see in a movie."

Other witnesses describe what they watched unfold as a scene they couldn't ponder in their wildest dreams.

Before the car crashed into a set of double doors which by the kitchen, Freddie Cunningham says he had just gotten coffee, and set down to a table near the doors.

"The table came right by me, and when I looked up, the car was coming in," Cunningham says.

Hightower says she saw it from the window.

"I looked up, and I saw the car coming and I said 'Oh my god, he's not going to stop' and he didn't. He came right through these doors, well, these used to be doors here," she says. 

Another witness, Jimmie Cleland, says he saw the four people sitting at the table in the direct path of the car. He pointed them out in a picture.

"They were sitting at the table just like they are right there, now that table was over yonder," Cleland said.  

Hightower says luckily, their injuries do not seem serious.  

"People just scattered. I didn't realize my senior citizens could move as fast as they did," she says. 

Meanwhile, she and other witnesses say they do not harbor ill feelings toward the driver. They say he was attempting to park, and simply hit the accelerator instead of the brake.     

Hightower says the Ridgeland Senior Center will be closed for now, for repairs. She hopes to be back up and running by the week's end, but she says their outbound meal programs will not be hindered.

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