St. Paul Crash Sends Two Vehicles into Buildings in Payne-Phalen Neighborhood

In the Payne-Phalen district of St. Paul, two SUVs collided on Sunday night, sending both of them flying into nearby buildings.

Around 9:55 p.m. on Sunday, a Honda driven by a 47-year-old woman collided with a Hyundai in the 900 block of Arcade Street, according to police spokesman Sgt. David McCabe.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Roy Mokosso, the Honda then impacted a structure at 991 Arcade St., inflicting considerable damage since a primary support pillar was shattered. According to Mokosso, the Hyundai struck 992 Arcade St. with just little damage. Checkerboard Pizza and Checkerbar once occupied the space.

The Honda driver was freed from her car by firefighters, who also transported her to a hospital with non-life-threatening wounds, according to McCabe. Two Hyundai passengers had minor injuries at the site and were attended to the paramedics.

According to the police, the Honda driver caused the collision and may have been under the influence. A nurse took her blood for testing after they acquired a warrant; the findings are still waiting.

Firefighters constructed a supporting beam for 991 Arcade St. and installed it, allowing the building’s inhabitants to go back in, according to Mokosso. The St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections claims there is a residential apartment above the business area on the first level.

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