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MATTOON (JG-TC) -- Two bystanders were injured Wednesday morning when a van crashed through one of the front windows of Planet Fitness.

A Mattoon Police Department report showed that the crash occurred at 8:30 a.m. as Sandra S. Ohm of Mattoon was attempting to park her van in a parking space in front of Planet Fitness, 301 Richmond Ave. East. Ohm reportedly pulled into the space and mistakenly pressed the accelerator pedal instead of the brake to stop in the space.

The van accelerated over the curb and the sidewalk in front of Planet Fitness. The van then continued through the window and into the building. Inside the building, the van struck the reception desk. This collision caused the desk to strike bystander Miranda I. Morrow of Mattoon, who was behind the desk at the time of the accident.

Then, the van struck bystanders Renee D. Bland and Earl D. Matthews, both of Charleston, as they were standing by the reception desk. The van came to rest on top of Bland. Bystanders placed the van in neutral and pushed it back several feet to free Bland. Dunn's Ambulance took Bland to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for treatment of injuries.

Ohm, Matthews, and Morrow all declined treatment by ambulance crews at the scene, but Matthews sought treatment for injuries at Sarah Bush Lincoln approximately two hours later. Bland reported to police that she and her husband, Matthews, was standing at the reception desk awaiting a tour of Planet Fitness by Morrow when the crash occurred and she was pinned under the van.

Planet Fitness closed on Wednesday for repairs and was open Thursday.



Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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