ITHACA, N.Y.—A two-car crash Thursday evening left one car stuck in the pillar outside of Tompkins County Public Library.

The scene unfolded around 6 p.m. Thursday. According to witnesses, two people were turning into the same left lane on Green Street when one, a white car, struck another car’s rear bumper. In an apparent reaction, the driver of the white car then swerved off to the right, crashing into the large barrier between the street and the library’s large glass window.

“It was crazy,” said one witness.

The white car sustained major damage, while the other car was at least able to be driven by firefighters trying to clear and clean the scene.

Ithaca Fire Department spokesperson Jim Wheal said that firefighters on the scene said there were no serious injuries but one person was taken to the hospital via Bangs Ambulance as a precaution. Ithaca Police Department also responded.

Matt Butler

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