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Driver crashes into Walmart in Canton Township, Michigan, 5 injured

Marnie Munoz and Hayley Harding, The Detroit News on

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CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Afternoon shopping turned to chaos at a Canton Township Walmart early Friday afternoon when a driver of an SUV crashed through the store's walls, injuring at least five people.

The driver, who was taken to the hospital along with the injured shoppers, crashed through two service doors roughly 45 feet into the building on Ford Road in a Jeep SUV, said Canton Police Chief Chad Baugh. He did not know the extent of the injuries.

Police have not identified the cause of the crash yet, which happened around 1:30 p.m., and are investigating from multiple angles, Baugh said.

"Typically in these situations, they ... tend to be medical related but we're not certain at this point," Baugh said.

Rescue units transported several people inside the building for medical assistance, though the release did not specify their conditions.

Videos posted on social media showed public safety officials transporting shoppers out on stretchers.


Videos posted also showed the SUV in the store, racks tipped over and debris spread out all around the vehicle. As the dark blue Jeep Liberty was being removed from the store in the late afternoon, pill bottles could be seen strewn all over the floor. Removing the SUV took about an hour.

"Never in all my years have I seen some" stuff like this, said one shopper, Vinny Melone, in a post on social media.

At 5:45 p.m., police were seen handing over glasses to two people who identified themselves as members of the driver's family and had been at the store for the past 90 minutes.

A spokesperson for Walmart couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

In the aftermath of the incident, the lot for the store was deserted, except for occasional shoppers who would pull up and be directed away by store employees who told them the store was closed.

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