By YVETTE CRAIG
Driving-test examiner Laurie Holden said she was deciding whether to give a new driver a passing grade yesterday when the road test ended with him crashing his car through the Rutherford County Driver License Station in Murfreesboro.
The car rammed into the waiting room filled with seated customers â€” injuring two, the state Department of Safety reported.
They were taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. Their names and the extent of their injuries were not immediately known.
"I remember telling him to stop as we pulled up to the building," said Holden, who has worked as an examiner for seven years. "The next thing I knew it was raining bricks all around us."
Investigators believe the driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake.
The driver's license station at 1035 Samsonite Blvd. was boarded up and temporarily closed yesterday. Public safety and code enforcement officials weren't sure whether it would reopen today.
Phyllis Reuhland, the Murfreesboro branch supervisor, said she nearly jumped out of her skin when the crash occurred.
"I was in the back working when I heard something that sounded like a gun shot," Reuhland said. "When I went to see what happened I saw the front end of the car inside the building."
Things could have been a lot worse. The station allows only 25 motor-vehicle customers inside at a time. An additional 40 people stood in line outside the building waiting to come in, said Rochelle Bryant, district supervisor for the state's driver's license issuance.
"We were lucky we didn't have 50 people standing and sitting inside because we probably would have had a lot more people hurt," Bryant said.
The driver, Osman Salah, 25, of Nashville, failed the test and will be eligible to take it again in seven to 30 days :eek: . He could not be reached for comment yesterday. â€¢
God help us all!!!!