H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Mar 27, 2012 3:11 AM by Ariel Wesler

Two men hospitalized after car slams into building in San Luis Obispo

Two men are in the hospital tonight after their car slams into a building at the intersection of Madonna Road and Higuera Street.

San Luis Obispo city firefighters say a man in his 20s lost control of his car around 8:15 Monday night. It happened when as was taking a left onto Higuera Street from Madonna Road. He slammed into the San Luis Symphony office.

Firefighters say there was another man in the passenger seat. Both passenger and driver are likely in their 20s. It took 11 firefighters and more than 30 minutes to get that passenger out of the damaged Hyundai. He was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in critical condition and unresponsive. The driver was in serious condition.

Witnesses say the vehicle hit the building so hard that it ricocheted back into the street. Some witnesses driving behind the car say it was traveling around 60 miles per hour.

There were people inside the office building when this happened, but besides being a little shaken up, they said they were not injured.

"It sounded like the loudes sound I ever heard. It was horrible," said Barbara-Joe Osborne, who was working in the SLO Symphony Office at the time of the crash. "I thought the ceiling had fallen in or something like that."

"You can see where their feet were in there. That was the problem getting the second patient out. Both of his legs were trapped underneath the dashboard," said SLO City Fire Battalion Chief Neal Berryman.

Both victims were taken to the trauma unit at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Firefighters found a booster seat in the car but fortunately there was no baby on board.

Firefighters say the northbound lanes of Higuera Street near Madonna Road will be blocked off until early morning while crews investigate and clear the scene.

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