5 injured when SUV crashes into NW Side vet clinic

Five people were injured Friday night after a SUV slammed  into an Avondale veterinary clinic.

Firefighters got the call at 6:30 p.m.  for a vehicle into the Animal Ark Veterinary Clinic at 3235 N. Kedzie Ave., according to fire department spokesman Juan Hernandez.

Four females were in the vehicle that struck the building, police said. The driver said she struck a pothole and lost control of the vehicle, according to police.

One person was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic hospital in serious-to-critical condition after the incident, Hernandez said.

Two people were transported to Masonic and Our Lady of the Resurrection hospitals in fair-to-serious condition, and another fair-to-serious victim was taken to Swedish Covenant hospital, he said.

The fifth victim was transported in good-to-fair condition to Resurrection, Hernandez said.

Hernandez said he did not know if the victims were inside the building or the vehicle at the time of  the incident.

Veterinary technician Meghan Adams said she was sitting at a desk in the office section of the clinic when the side of a SUV came crashing through the single-story building  “and pretty much took out a wall.”

One employee who was standing in the office area was injured, Adams said, but the clients and their pets were elsewhere and not injured.

Adams, 28, said she vaguely recalled hearing skidding or tires screeching before the impact,  but that she was unharmed.

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