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Man crashes car into medical building

An elderly man driving a red Cadillac crashed into the Pain Specialists of Southern Oregon building in Medford Wednesday.

Two patients of the pain clinic were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau. One person was walking out the door and was struck by the car and suffered a leg laceration, and another person was hit by flying debris inside the building, he said.

The driver, who was born in 1930, was backing up in the parking lot at 11:05 a.m. when he either got confused or got his foot stuck on the accelerator, causing him to back up and crash into the front doors of the doctor's office at 825 Bennett Ave., Budreau said.

The driver refused medical treatment, according to Medford Fire-Rescue firefighter Jon Peterson.

No citations were issued because the incident occurred on private property, Budreau said. The driver's name and other details about the crash weren't immediately available.

"I think the driver's age contributed to the crash," Budreau said. "We are going to submit for that driver to be retested by DMV (Driver and Motor Vehicle Services) to see if he is able to drive a vehicle."

Peterson said the damage to the building was "pretty significant" but an estimate wasn't available.

John Nole, a patient at Pain Specialists, said he was inside the building when the crash occurred.

"At first I thought it was an earthquake or tremor," Nole said. "It was a very loud sound."

Nole said the staff of Pain Specialists immediately rounded up everyone in the building and put them in a safe area while several doctors on the premises put on scrubs and ran out to help the victims.

"It was so quick, and only moments later firefighters were on the scene," Nole said. "I was amazed by how calm and efficient the staff and everyone was."

Reach Mail Tribune reporting intern Kelsey Thomas at 541-776-4368 or kthomas@mailtribune.com.

An elderly driver crashed into the Pain Specialists of Southern Oregon building on Bennett Avenue Wednesday morning, leaving two with minor injuries. The driver refused medical treatment, rescue personnel said. - Bob Pennell