SUV crashes into business, witness says God was on hand protecting

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Police say a 30-year-old woman with a medical condition hit a school bus then barreled through a Tyler business.

The driver was heading North on South Glenwood when she struck an empty school bus Thursday morning. She then continued onto Englewood street, crashing through "Tyler Uniforms."

Donna Roberts was running a little late Thursday morning.

"One of our police officers stopped me," she said.  "I got a warning ticket cause I was in a hurry."

She arrived to her business about eight o'clock to an alarming wake-up call.

"I just heard the boom and all of a sudden it was there and the smoke was billowing."

An SUV suddenly sat in her store after plowing through the front window.

"The smoke was so black you couldn't even see the car."

She says the tires were just spinning and burning.

"You could hear the engine running 90 miles an hour," said Roberts. "When she passed out I guess it just accelerated."

The driver was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Thankfully, a brick planter stopped the SUV.

"If she had hit one of the walls to either side it probably would have injured her pretty bad," said Roberts.

Roberts was standing just a few feet away. She says had she been there five minutes earlier she could have been a victim.

"You look back and you know someone was taking care of you for some reason," she said. "My life wasn't ready to be over I don't guess."

They are now busy rebuilding this window so they can re-open.

"Not your average day no. I just got in here and went to work, vacuuming and stuff just to get my nerves calmed down," said Roberts.

Lots of work ahead and life to live.

Tyler Uniforms says they will re-open on Monday.

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