Car crashes into downtown library entrance, driver cited

akflanagan@thestate.comFebruary 26, 2014 

The main branch of the Richland Library.

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— A collision between two vehicles caused one of them to crash into the front doors of the Richland Library’s downtown branch around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver of a car going west on Hampton Street ran a red-light at Assembly Street, collided with a southbound SUV and then ran into the front of the Richland Library, Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said in a release. The driver, Michael Latham, 88, was charged with disregarding a red light.

“Nobody at the library was hurt,” Padgett Mozingo, Richland Library’s marketing and communications manager, said. “I don’t know about the condition of the drivers of both vehicles, but they were taken to the hospital.

According to Mozingo, the two cars collided then one of the vehicles hit the glass doors of the library’s entrance.

Mozingo said the Library’s staff and security were able to keep foot traffic in and out of the library flowing while EMS did what they needed to do.

The library continues with business as usual.

The condition of the drivers is unknown.

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