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78-year-old man drives car through dealership

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A Tifton car dealership got a glass-shattering surprise this morning when a truck came crashing all the way through their showroom.

78-year-old Paul Buras of Fitzgerald pulled into the Jeff Fender Automotive Group just after 9 this morning to get a handicap veteran's tag for the truck he bought from the dealership Tuesday.

He accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake and crashed through the front window.

He barely missed the computer desk, made a U-Turn, and crashed out the side window.

The truck finally stopped about 30 feet away from the building in the grass.

Luckily, no one was hurt, but employees were pretty shaken up.

"They said I was pale and shaking. It was a scary situation. I'm just glad the old man's fine," said employee Tift Myers.

"He actually was calmer then all of us. It really sounded like a bomb when it came through the showroom here. It's a pretty extensive mess. His vehicle is probably going to be totaled even though it's only a day and a half old," said employee Ricky Mixon.

It took about three hours to clean up the mess.

They said they've had people crash into their building before but never completely through the building.

The driver, Buras, came out without a scratch.


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