One person injured when car drives into building in West Palm

 

A Volkswagen Jetta slammed into the corner of a building in West Palm Beach on Friday night. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

A Volkswagen Jetta slammed into the corner of a building in West Palm Beach on Friday night. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

A man was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center Friday night in West Palm Beach after his car slammed into the side of a building.

The man, who was driving a black Volkswagen Jetta, was in stable condition, said West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Capt. Scott D’Angelo.

The incident happened about 7:15 p.m. at the northeast corner of Dixie Highway and Flamingo Drive.

West Palm Beach Fire Rescue crews work to evaluate the best way to remove a large piece of concrete after a car drove into the corner of a building on Friday night. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

West Palm Beach Fire Rescue crews work to evaluate the best way to remove a large piece of concrete after a car drove into the corner of a building on Friday night. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

After hitting the building at nearly a 90-degree angle, the man left his car and walked west on Flamingo Drive, D’Angelo said. Rescue crews found the driver not far from the scene, in the middle of the road near the Florida East Coast Railway tracks just west of Dixie.

The Fire Rescue Technical Rescue Team was still working about two hours later to shore up the southwest side of the building where the Volkswagen smashed a panel of windows in a vacant storefront.

A car drove into this building at the corner of Dixie Highway and Flamingo Drive in West Palm Beach on Friday night. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

A car drove into this building at the corner of Dixie Highway and Flamingo Drive in West Palm Beach on Friday night. (Kristina Webb / The Palm Beach Post)

D’Angelo said the crew had to remove a 2,000-pound chunk of concrete as part of the work.

The building, which has commercial space on the bottom floor and residential on the top two floors, did not need to be evacuated, D’Angelo said, adding that there was no obvious structural damage to the building.

The building’s owner declined to comment.

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