Vehicle crashes into front of Clanton upholstery shopBy Emily Etheredge Published 5:31pm Thursday, May 30, 2013
Trade Winds Upholstery owner Charlie Schoenvogel had just taken a seat in his chair toward the front of his store shortly before 3 p.m. on Thursday when a car crashed into the front of his business.
“A customer had just walked out of the shop and I decided I was going to sit down for a minute,” Schoenvogel said. “The next thing I heard were tires screeching and I thought a wreck was happening on the road out front. It wasn’t until the furniture inside the store started closing in on me did I realize that the car had crashed into my store.”
Clanton Fire Department Chief David Driver said the driver of the silver Hyundai Santa Fe car was OK and told authorities he lost control of his vehicle.
“No one was hurt which is the good thing,” Driver said. “We are still trying to figure out why he lost control of the vehicle but right now both the owner of the shop and the driver are doing OK.”
Schoenvogel said the unfortunate part of the crash is the entire front portion of his store was totaled and most of the furniture is ruined.
“The whole thing has just shaken me up,” Schoenvogel said. “My furniture is just gone but I am happy the situation was not worse.”
Clanton Police Department and Clanton Fire Department both responded to the scene.