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Alabama Bar re-opens after election night crash

Monday, November 15, 2004

The Alabama Bar and Grill, which sustained heavy damage to the north wall from an accident election night is once again open for business.

The bar was damaged Nov. 2 when Chester Krantz, 58, of Brazil, lost control of the vehicle he was driving westbound on Na-tional Ave. An apparent malfunction to the 2004 Dodge RAM pickup, a rental from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, caused it to accelerate out of control.

Enterprise officials had no comment when contacted by the newspaper.

Swerving right to avoid a vehicle turning north onto Alabama St., Krantz was unable to put the truck in park, or use it's brakes.

The truck then swerved back to the left and accelerated into the front driver's side of a parked car before crashing through the wall of the Alabama Bar and Grill, finally stopping inside the bar when the engine died.

The parked car, a white 1999 Cadillac owned by Robert and Rita Rothrock, sustained heavy damage to the front end, but there were no injuries.

Barbara Allen, a witness inside the bar, sustained minor injuries to both knees and her right shin while trying to get out of the way of the incoming truck. She was looked at by ambulance personnel, but refused transport to the hospital.

Responding officers, Sgt. David Archer and Jerry Siddons, performed an alcohol test on Krantz, which was negative.

The total damages are estimated to be over $25,000.

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