Car plows through front of Portsmouth business

Car plows through front of Portsmouth business


car vs. vehiclePORTSMOUTH — A driver was treated for minor injuries after her car plowed through the front of Lou Lou’s Décor Friday morning at 100 Clock Tower Square.

Local firefighters and police, along with units from Tiverton and Middletown, responded at 11:16 a.m.

After a quick assessment of the building’s stability, the driver was easily extricated, according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien. The female patient had minor injuries and was transported to Newport Hospital by Portsmouth Ambulance.

The damage to the building and the store was significant but did not compromise the building, as the driver managed to miss load-bearing columns, the deputy chief said.

car vs. vehicle2The car missed an employee inside the store by only about 10 feet, said Chief O’Brien. The employee was not injured, but shaken up from the close call, he said.

The Portsmouth building and electrical Inspectors cleared the commercial building to be reoccupied and the scene was released to property owners once the vehicle was removed.

Lou Lou’s Décor is an interior design and decorating business.