Westco awaiting approval for damage estimate
Windows boarded, store still open for business
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.
"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.