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SUV crashes into downtown Madison building, forces evacuation

Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 7:16 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 6:44 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - No one was hurt after an SUV crashed into a business in downtown Madison early Monday morning, according to the Madison Fire Department.

Officials responded to the corner of Williamson and South Baldwin Streets around 4:20 a.m. Monday, for a report of a car crashing into a building.

“I feel like this is the Titanic and I’m trying to get things together before it goes down and it’s slowly sinking,” Change Fair Trade Fashion Boutique owner Nikki Anderson said as she and her friends packed up her inventory. “We’re in the midst of a big change. We just hope everyone stays adaptive as we figure out how to land on our feet; no doubt we will.”

At 4:21 am on Monday, August 2nd, MFD responded to the corner of Williamson and South Baldwin Streets for a...

Posted by City of Madison Fire Department on Monday, August 2, 2021

No one was hurt, but the business, “Change Boutique” suffered structural damage. Madison Fire Dept. says everyone inside the building was evacuated as a safety precaution. Officials gave the resident temporary shelter in a Madison Metro bus.

“I guess a car cut off another car and someone crashed into the building, and you can see the demolishment here behind me,” said Eric Kramer with CMI Management, the company that owns the building.

Kramer says people driving too fast down Willy Street need to slow down.

“Looks like they hit it pretty hard. I know some of that brick is pretty stout and boy, to crush it in like that, someone had to be moving pretty good,” said Kramer. “Traffic has picked up and people have…their aggressive driving has picked up and this is a result of that,”

MPD said there are no updates yet on whether any charges will be filed.

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