An elderly woman who drove her car into a cemetery office building Wednesday afternoon was unharmed.
Alcoa police and fire crews responded around 2:30 p.m. to an accident in which an 82-year-old woman drove into the brick office building at Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens.
The woman said she was visiting the cemetery to buy flowers for her husband’s death anniversary. While attempting to park in a handicap spot, she accelerated her minivan instead of hitting the brakes.
The car drove into a hallway adjacent to a meeting room, where there were three people including a Sherwood employee. No one in the building was injured.
Witnesses in the meeting room said they were startled by the incident.
“I heard a loud noise, and I thought a shelf had fallen down,” a woman said.
“But then I looked at the wall and thought ‘someone just drove through,’” a man added.
Neither witness wanted to give his or her name.
“We’re lucky no one was injured in the building and the car,” Alcoa Police Officer Jay Cameron told The Daily Times.
The 82-year-old and witnesses did not need medical care.
No other emergency services were called, and the vehicle was towed from the scene.