Two injured in crash through a Massachusetts Street storefront

Workmen board up the front of the Strong's Antiques, 1025 Massachusetts St., Saturday morning after a car hit a city planter shortly after 3 a.m., ejecting a 37-year old male driver. A 22-year-old female passenger was also injured. Both were taken to University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

A high-speed crash through a Massachusetts Street storefront Saturday morning left two people injured and a local business in significant disrepair.

Crews were called about 3:10 a.m. on reports that a vehicle had crashed through the storefront of Strong’s Antiques, 1025 Massachusetts St. The story was first reported by Journal-World partner Operation 100 News.

Gary Strong, owner of Strong’s Antiques, said the vehicle was traveling north on Massachusetts Street at high speeds when it struck a concrete planter in front of his store.

The driver, a 37-year-old man, was taken to the University of Kansas hospital in Kansas City, Kan., by a LifeStar helicopter after reportedly being thrown from the vehicle in the crash and possibly suffering a head injury.

The second injured person, said to be a 22-year-old woman, was taken by ground to the same hospital after being extricated from the vehicle. Medics reported that she was “extremely combative.”

Strong reported damage to his storefront, glassware and antiques. The car’s motor flew through the building in the crash, he said, landing on a Steinway piano inside.

The building has been boarded up, but Strong said he can’t begin cleanup until his insurance adjusters see the building Monday morning.

“It’s going to be a mess. There’s antifreeze mixed with engine fluid all over,” Strong said. “But it’s just like a tornado. We just have to clean up, keep going and not feel too bad about it.”

The outside seating railing at Aimee’s Cafe and Coffeehouse was also taken out in the crash.

There were no reports of anyone inside the lower level of the building when the crash occurred.