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Vehicle drives into bar near courthouse

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

The cavalry arrives! Friendly customers heard about the accident at the Alabama Bar and Grill and arrived with tools in hand to help clean up the wreckage.

"I saw headlights coming at me," said a still shaking Kelly Market, co-owner of the Alabama Bar and Grill. "And in he came!"

The local bar and grille, which was closed due to election day, was preparing to open for the evening when a red Dodge Ram pickup truck burst through the wall and front window of the building after hitting a parked car.

"It sounded like a bulldozer," said Barbara Allen, who lost her footing while trying to get out of the way and bruised both her knees and scraped her right shin.

"We were really lucky about being closed." Market pointed to a hole where a wall once stood. "A round table sat by the front window and usually had someone sitting there," said Market, who co-owns the bar and grille with her father Ray Allen.

With a hole in the wall, and night coming, both father and daughter were concerned about what would happen next.

The cavalry, in the form of Brian Herrington, Lisa and Roy Kellar, Dan Pfluegar, Dusty Moore, Steve Hood, Rich Hill, Randy Williams, Jane and Dave Smith, Jerry Lancaster, Seth Smock, Scott Griffen, Ralph Grutza and Amy Neier, arrived carrying tools, shovels and brooms to clear away the wreckage once the pickup was removed from the building.

Some heard the police call go out over scanners, others received phone calls about the accident, and a few heard it from the grapevine or were driving by and stopped, but they all stayed to help till the hole was patched.

"We have met such good people doing business here," said Market watching her father working with the group of people who came without being asked. "We have a lot of good customers." Then after a short pause she added, "And a lot of good friends. Something like this reminds you of how strong our community is."

The bar remained closed Tuesday night. Barbara did not say how soon it would re-open for business.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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