• December 27, 2014

SUV plows into Temple bank

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Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 10:41 pm

TEMPLE — Compass Bank, 1004 Marlandwood Road, received a few major alterations to its front entrance after a vehicle plowed into it Monday morning.

No bank employees or customers were injured, according to a Temple Fire & Rescue news release.

An SUV with three people inside went through the front entrance about 10:17 a.m.

The SUV’s front seat passenger was taken by Scott & White EMS to Scott & White Memorial Hospital, but the person’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, said Thomas Pechal, spokesman for Temple Fire & Rescue.

The front of the building had extensive damage, and construction safety personnel were assessing that damage plus the vehicle’s stability, according to Temple Fire & Rescue.

The damage estimate wasn’t known by press time Monday.

One of the bank’s tellers, Taryn Crabill, said the lobby was closed the rest of Monday, but the drive-thru reopened at bank at 11:15 a.m.

The lobby was expected to be open as usual today, Crabill said.

Bank employees only heard the crash but didn’t see the vehicle headed into the bank, Crabill said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Temple Police Department accident investigation unit, Lt. Derek Rose said. Rose said it was possible the driver may have put the vehicle into drive instead of reverse.

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