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At least 4 injured after driver crashes into Cold Stone Creamery in Greenwood

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Posted at 8:19 PM, Feb 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-28 18:59:48-05

GREENWOOD — Four people were hospitalized Saturday night after a person crashed a sport utility vehicle into a Cold Stone Creamery in Greenwood, according to police.

The crash occurred before 8 p.m. south of Greenwood Park Mall near the intersection of U.S. 31 and Fry Road.

Medics transported two people to an area hospital in serious condition, while two others were stable, according to Greenwood Police Department Chief James Ison.

Ison added that a "couple" other people had minor cuts and did not receive treatment.

Ison said a man with his family hit his accelerator rather than his brake and drove into the ice cream shop.

Kahala Brands, the Scottsdale, Arizona-based parent company of Cold Stone Creamery, offered its condolences to the victims.

"During this difficult time, our hearts go out to our employees & customers who were hurt. Our thoughts are with them as they heal and recover from this accident," said Jessica Benedick, vice president of public relationships and entertainment partnerships for Kahala Brands in a statement.

"We are working with the store franchisee to support & assist in repairing the damage as soon as possible," Benedick said.

The company said it has not yet determined a reopening date for the shop.

The crash remains under investigation.

WRTV Reporter Lauren Casey and Real-Time Editor Lucas Gonzalez contributed to this report.

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