COLUMBIA, S.C. — A car slammed into the Dollar Tree on Columbia's Rosewood Drive Saturday, collapsing part of the store and leaving locals stunned.
Police say the young driver had just gotten a license and, according to witnesses, he was pretty shaken up.
"He was very shook," Jovelyn Wood said, as she stood outside the wreckage.
She and her friend Briana Ramirez entered the store in search for toilet paper when the "big bang" brought their shopping to a halt.
"All of a sudden you just heard like this big crash and you could just feel the building moving a little bit," Ramirez said. "I feel like I never prepared myself for a time when a car would just crash into a building."
The whole ordeal attracted a lot of attention from locals who said they just wanted to pick up a few things from the dollar store.
"I was doing some work in the area, and I stopped by my favorite Dollar Tree, come to find out a car ran into it," Eugene Gunter said. "I thought maybe they was doing the remodeling, but it's a shock."
Jasmine Robinson pulled up in disbelief at what she was seeing.
"It's crazy. I come to Dollar Tree to try to get some stuff, can't even come because of the wall. The wall is all the way down, it's gone," Robinson said.
Wood and Ramirez were able to get their toilet paper, in the end.
"Obviously, we couldn't get the toilet paper anymore so we just went to...Dollar General," Ramirez said.
"And the Dollar General was brick, so we were safe in that one," Wood added.
They said they would return to the Dollar Tree, once repairs are made.
"I would stay away from the front," Ramirez said.
No injuries were reported for people inside the car or the store.