Wreck stuns Kingston community

By: Sara Shookman Email
By: Sara Shookman Email
It was never something Tiffany Coy expected as she went to work at Classic Styles hair salon in Kingston Tuesday.

A van slams into Classic Salon on N. Kentucky Street in Kingston Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. (Photo: Mario Boone/Volunteer TV News)

KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It was never something Tiffany Coy expected as she went to work at Classic Styles hair salon in Kingston Tuesday.

"It was busy, yeah. You know this is our Monday. Place was full," said Coy.

She was in a back room with a customer, when she thought she heard a mirror break out front. A minivan had crashed through the front windows of the shop, injuring ten.

"The noise never stopped," said Coy. "We didn't know what was going on. We were trapped in there."

When rescue workers broke away a wall, and Coy could get out: "There was a van, sitting where all my friends were supposed to be standing, doing hair."

The van's driver, 52-year-old Richard Ward, had a seizure his family members told Volunteer TV. With training as a EMT, Coy started helping to free her friends. "All of them, everyone of them was hurt," she said.

On East Race Street, one block away, the sirens drew people from the storefronts. "When we got up there, you could actually see the van inside of the salon. Just lots of injuries. Lots of blood. Broken bones," said Kimberly Watson, who works at Cash Express.

"Very scary. very scary, and just upsetting," said Watson. "You know you see these people everyday. And then to see them in that kind of circumstance."

Friends and family members tried to pick up the pieces Tuesday evening, collecting valuables from inside. Coy says the shop is a livelihood for several of the stylists, four injured in the wreckage.

Her prayers are not only for her friends, but their business as well. "I don't know what we're going to do," she said. "We need a building, but I don't think anybody...I don't think any body's going to be to work for a while."

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