Latest: 12:45 pm, 12/12/16, Monday
CHAMPAIGN — Two drivers were able to walk away from a crash this weekend, even though a car and the building it was driven into are both destroyed. It happened Saturday at Andy’s Barber Shop.
A Ferrari crashed into the front of the building, totaling the car and terrifying those inside. The business wasn’t on hold for long though. They’ve found a new place to park their shop not far from the rubble.
Even though it’s a cellphone repair shop, the phone’s not ringing, but there is a lot of buzzing.
“Cellphone and barber shop, you heard it here!”
It’s a unique business plan: Andy’s Barbershop inside Green Mobile, a cellphone repair store. But, after a driver crashed his Ferrari through the barber’s storefront, the cuttery had to get creative.
“We’re very thankful by the grace of Got that nobody got hurt.”
“It was an interesting weekend.”
The owner of Green Mobile answered the call.
“When he heard we were in need, he was more than willing to open his doors to us.”
The temporary setup is just next door to the actual building where crews are wasting no time in the effort to rebuild.
“They were quick to react and had everyone out here.”
But, owner Andy Wagner’s worried about his business taking another hit financially.
“Customers either scared to come in or not think that we’re open, so I’m a little nervous it’s going to be slow and it is slow right now. Usually, we’re pretty busy Monday morning.”
Though he has plenty to keep him occupied as he figures out what part of this mess he’ll have to pay for.
“I’m actually in the middle of trying to work that out while I’m cutting hair.”
Barber Jake Wetzel was inside the building when the car drove into it. He hopes this could ultimately be good for business.
“Maybe it’ll help a little bit more with the visibility.”
Either way, it’s a story they’ll tell around here for a while.
“Nobody was hurt. We’re here. Green Mobile. We’re open for business and we’re really thankful today.”
The owner says they hope to move back into their shop as soon as possible. Green Mobile is operating as usual even with the unexpected guests.
The Ferrari’s driver was ticketed for reckless driving and improper lane usage. Before hitting the building, he first crashed into the side of an SUV. Nobody involved in the incident was hurt.
Update: 10:15 pm, 12/10/16, Saturday
CHAMPAIGN — It’s not every day you see an accident in which the car is probably worth ten times more than the damage it caused. A new Ferrari was totaled after it crashed into the side of an SUV, and then into the side of a local business.
It happened at Andy’s Barbershop, in the 2000-block of Neil Street. Both drivers were traveling north. All three people involved in the accident are okay.
Despite the wreckage, the accident won’t set the barber shop back too much.
“I was in the middle of giving a guy a haircut,” said Jason Burris.
He’s used to the sounds of scissors snipping and sinks running. Then something different caught his ear, turning his and Jake Wetzel’s heads.
“We heard a lot of screeching and loud noises coming from Neil Street,” said Wetzel.
“Before you knew what had happened, that car had spun around, hit this wall, and was laying out there like it was until the tow truck came and got it,” said Burris.
Owning one of these cars is a common dream, but getting in this accident was likely the driver’s worst nightmare. But, it could’ve been a lot worse.
“Just happy we didn’t get hurt. You know, we had no customers hurt. There’s a lot of traffic on this sidewalk,” said Burris.
“We were initially worried about the drivers, so we looked initially to see if they were okay, and it seems they were able to walk away with very few injuries,” said Wetzel.
Police confirmed the only thing the Ferrari driver walked away with was a couple of citations. As for Andy’s Barber Shop, the cleanup process started right away.
Bits of brick were thrown into piles. Shards of broken glass were swept out of the walkway. Plans to continue business operations were made, after an experience everyone who saw it will likely never forget.
“It was odd. It was something we’ve fortunately never experienced before in here. Hopefully never again,” said Burris.
No word on the damage estimate for the barber shop.
Original: 8:02 pm, 12/10/16, Saturday
CHAMPAIGN — A business owner is trying to clean up after a car crashed into his barber shop Saturday afternoon. It happened around noon in the 2000-block of South Neil Street.
Police say a Ferrari and an SUV were both traveling north on Neil, when the Ferrari swerved and hit the SUV. The Ferrari continued traveling and ran into the front of Andy’s Barber Shop.
Police say two people in the Ferrari are okay and so is the driver of the SUV. No one inside the barber shop was hurt.
Police say neither driver was under the influence. The driver of the Ferrari was issued two citations; one for reckless driving and the other for improper lane usage.
People who work at the barber shop say they’ve worried about this sort of thing happening before.
“It’s always been a worry of ours at Andy’s Barbershop, being so close to Neil Street that someday a car might come through the front of the shop. We’ve actually been more concerned about the train behind the shop. But things like this happen every day,” says barber Jake Wetzel.
The barber shop is closed for now, but won’t be closed long. It will open again on Monday, inside of Green Mobile, which is right next door until the barber shop is ready to re-open.