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Car hits polling center, doesn't stop voting for long

Posted at 7:47 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 20:25:42-04

COLOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Coloma Township has had an interesting election day to say the least. A car hit the township hall but voting was back up and running in no time.

Coloma Police tell FOX 17 the driver of the car mixed up the gas and the breaks, running right into the side of the township hall. The town came together fast to make sure people could cast their ballots.

"Well, it was probably right at lunch time. And all of a sudden, here is a car coming through the wall," Coloma Township Clerk Sandra Kraemer said.

It's Kraemer's last term as clerk in Coloma Township. She's ending her 10 years in the position with quite a scary start.

“Oh my, a freight train. That’s all I could think of was a train. When I heard the noise,” Kraemer said.

She says in no time, the fire department, police department, and city maintenance workers got to work cleaning up so they could reopen the polling center.

“Luckily, no one was injured.” Kraemer said.

The car-sized hole was patched up. In about an hour they were back open for people to cast their ballots.

“We had the election source people come out, examine our machines, to make sure everything was okay. We did not lose power,” Kraemer said.

Proving nothing stops this small town from making sure everyone gets to exercise their civic duty.

"That's just how a small community comes together," Kraemer said.