CLAYTON — Large sheets of glass shattered Thursday morning when a 71-year-old man drove his pickup through the front doors of Horizon Family Medicine on Butternut Lane.
Billy Parris of 809 Neuse Ridge Road in Clayton had arrived at the doctors office a few minutes before his 10 a.m. appointment. He was parking his white Chevrolet S-10 when his foot caught on the gas pedal, said Town of Clayton spokeswoman Stacy Beard.
The pickup shot over the sidewalk, crashed through the front doors, knocked over chairs and smashed against the front desk before it stopped.
Beard said emergency responders took one man to Johnston Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The man was sitting in the lobby waiting for his doctors appointment when he heard the sound of breaking glass, Beard said. He was able to sort of jump out of the way, she said.
Emergency responders placed the driver in an ambulance to check him for injuries but did not transport him to the hospital, Beard said.
The fire marshal inspected the building and found no structural damage, said Deshannon Dixon, chieh executive officer of the medical center. Its all cosmetic, and we are looking to move pretty quickly, she said.
Deshannon said Thursday that the practice hopes to reopen in about a week. Until then, doctors will see patients in Horizons four other locations. All our patients will relocate, and thats mainly our priority, she said.
Beard said the accident could have been much worse if more patients had been in the waiting room. This is a busy office, so its good more people werent here, she said.