The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 31, 2012

Bruner Pharmacy open after weekend collision

By Ryan Richardson

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Despite a weekend accident that caused extensive damage to the strorefront, business continued as normal Monday at Bruner Pharmacy.

Owner David Hudson thought the worst Friday evening after he received word that a car had crashed in to his business.

Hudson’s business, located at 101 W. Daugherty St., was the site of a single-car collision around 11 p.m. Friday when two Carl Junction teens crashed in to the storefront. The teens were charged with several drug and alcohol-related offenses stemming from the collision.

“I received a call from my alarm system around 11 notifying me that something went wrong at the store,” Hudson said. “When I had found out that someone had crashed in to the store, I figured it was a smash and grab with someone trying to get drugs from the pharmacy.”

When Hudson arrived on the scene, the teens were still in the car, though they were uninjured in the collision.

“The car itself didn’t actually go through the store but it hit another car and a concrete barrier we had in front of the store,” Hudson said. “In reality it could have been much worse.”

Hudson worked through the night to seal the store up so that it would reopen at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

“I had to make sure the structure was still safe and I had to get the plywood up,” Hudson said. “Save for the window and some of the fixtures inside, the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”

Hudson’s insurance will make an assessment of the damage later this week.

“I’m just happy that no one was injured badly in the wreck,” Hudson said. “With the damage the way it is, we should be back to normal within the month.”