Two people sitting in a waiting room at a dentist’s office on Tuesday were injured when a car crashed through the building and into the room, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The crash occurred at 4450 Bluebonnet Blvd., when a woman stepped on her accelerator instead of her brakes and the car slammed into the building, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
A woman and her son were trapped under a large, 350-gallon aquarium that had to be drained and lifted using large, heavy rubber air bags, said Eldon Ledoux, a spokesman for the St. George Fire Department.
Firefighters placed the empty air bags, similar to a small version of an air mattress, underneath the aquarium, filled them with air, placed wooden blocks under the aquarium to support its weight and removed the air bags, Ledoux said.
Firefighters continued that pattern for 12 minutes until they were able to remove the first person and take him to a hospital, Ledoux said. The mother and son suffered what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, Hicks said.
That type of extrication is something firefighters continuously train to do, Ledoux said.
The driver was not injured, Hicks said. She has not been cited, but the investigation is ongoing.