Car crashes into St. Joseph Hospital

Nobody hurt as lobby has been under construction

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple Employees from ServiceMaster by Lewis Construction clean up the debris from the hospital’s front lobby after a car crashed through the main entrance. The driver was picking up someone, and she told police either her brakes failed or she hit the gas pedal by mistake, according to a police report.

WARREN — A car crashed through the main entrance and into the lobby of St. Joseph Warren Hospital Wednesday morning, according to Warren police.

Glenda Sisson, 64, of Niles, was picking up someone from the hospital, 667 Eastland Ave. SE, around 10 a.m. when she drove her black Pontiac Grand Am through the front windows and into the lobby, according to a Warren Police Department crash report.

The lobby, which has been under construction, was empty except for one patient who was in the general area, said Mercy Health spokesman Jonathon Fauvie. Both the driver and the patient were checked out as a precaution, Fauvie said.

According to the report, Sisson stated “she went to pull forward and either her brakes failed or she hit the gas pedal instead.”

The lobby is usually a busy part of the hospital, but it wasn’t when the crash occurred, Fauvie said.

“We’re fortunate that nobody was hurt,” he said.

Fire crews also were on scene to check out the building and make sure it was structurally sound, according to the crash report.

The vehicle was removed from the area and the hospital entrance was temporarily closed, Fauvie said. It is expected to reopen sometime today.

The lobby has been under construction, and the gift shop was set to move into the area next week, Fauvie said.

ServiceMaster by Lewis Construction was on the scene later in the day to start the cleanup process and to put up temporary coverings on the window so visitors can use the lobby. The estimated cost of the damage will not be available for a day or two, Fauvie said.

Fauvie said there would be discussions happening to see how something like this can be prevented in the future and how to make the hospital “car proof.”

Sisson has not been charged, but the traffic report states she is “at fault for failure to maintain control of vehicle.”