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Three injured in crash that sent box truck into near east side business

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Three people were hospitalized Sunday morning following a near east side crash that sent a vehicle into a business.

Authorities were called to the scene near the intersection of Rural Street and Michigan Street shortly before 6:30 a.m.

Witnesses told officers, the driver of a pickup truck ran a traffic light going south on Rural and struck an Enterprise box truck going west on Michigan. The box truck then crashed into the Rural Inn, while the pickup truck slammed into a parked car.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken to Methodist Hospital in very critical condition. Officers say he had to be cut out of the vehicle.

The driver and a passenger of the box truck were taken to Eskenzi Hospital. The driver reportedly suffered a broken wrist and the passenger suffered a head injury. They are expected to be okay.

No one was inside the Rural Inn when the crash happened, but the store's owner says that could've been different if it happened on another day.

“This [crash] is in an area that was actually my office -- if I would’ve been sitting up there on a Monday like I am normally am at 6:30? I’d probably be dead," Vandivier said.

Vandivier says someone has crashed into their building three times in the last year alone, and there's been at least nine serious crashes in the last 30 years.