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Clark County

July 6, 2011

Man crashes into barbershop

Police say he suffered a medical emergency; building extensively damaged

CHARLESTOWN — A Sellersburg man was hospitalized after he drove his car into a barbershop Wednesday.

James McCartney, 78, drove his Chevrolet Corvette through the front window of the Charlestown Hair Center at 316 Main Cross St. at about 1:30 p.m.

Charlestown Police Department Detective Chuck Ledbetter said police believe McCartney had a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of the car. He was taken to the hospital following the incident for evaluation.

No one inside the building was injured.

Jack Minns, the owner of the barbershop, said employees and customers were in the shop at the time of the crash. He said they all ran when they saw the car heading toward the front window.

“We saw it coming and said, ‘What is that guy doing?’” Minns said.

Minns has been at the barbershop for 41 years. While the damage is extensive, he hopes to have it repaired and reopen the business in coming months.

“My biggest concern is the six families who are out of a job,” he said. 

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