Westco awaiting approval for damage estimate

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Investigator Danny Boyd, left, and Patrolman Colt Beck, of the Cassville Police Department, investigate a non-injury accident at Westco Home Furnishings Thursday. Wallace Adams, 89, of Cassville, was the driver. Jason Johnston/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Windows boarded, store still open for business

Cpl. Donald Privett, of the Cassville Police Department, sweeps away debris at Westco Home Furnishings Thursday after a white Cadillac ran into the furniture store. Jason Johnston/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Westco Home Furnishings in Cassville is waiting for State Farm Insurance to approve damage estimates after a 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood crashed through the store's front window Thursday.

Mark Whittemire, Westco store manager, would not release the estimate figures, but he said once State Farm approves the estimate, then Lowe's Glass and Mirror in Cassville can replace the window.

The crash did not affect the influx of traffic into Westco, Whittemire said. Lowe's boarded up the window, and it cleaned up the glass, the broken concrete and the debris. The damaged merchandise cannot be moved until State Farm looks at all of it.

The accident occurred at 9:22 a.m., said Danny Boyd, investigator with the Cassville Police Department. The driver, Wallace Adams, 89, of Cassville, was the only occupant in the vehicle and was not injured.

"[Adams] said he has been having problems with his car," Boyd said. "The motor revved up. He couldn't stop. The brakes didn't hold."

Boyd said Adams was attempting to park the vehicle in the space in front of Westco, then was planning to go to the Cassville Post Office across the street.

Whittemire said he and three employees were in the store when he heard the car coming into the southwest part of the building that faces the town square.

"It sounded like a bomb went off," Whittemire said.

He said Adams was coherent throughout the incident.

Chief Dana Kammerlohr, middle, of the Cassville Police Department, sets up police tape at the scene of a non-injury accident at Westco Home Furnishings. Investigator Danny Boyd, left, was investigating the accident, and Cpl. Donald Privett was assisting him. Jason Johnston/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

"Fortunately, no one was hurt," Whittemire said.

The car separated a sectional sofa and pushed aside other furniture. The Cadillac left tire marks in the carpet, shards of glass and debris were strewn across the carpet, and small pieces of glass fell on some of the furniture.

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