Car crashes into Madison business, city inspector rules building safe to return to

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Fire Department says it had to evacuate a building early Monday morning after a car crashed into it.

The crash happened at about 4:21 a.m. Monday, when a single car crashed into the building at the corner of South Baldwin and Williamson Streets.

Madison police told News 3 Now the driver of the car lost control before hitting the building. Photos from the scene provided by the fire department show the airbags went off inside the car.

The owner of the boutique posted a video of the damage from inside the building later Monday morning.

“We’re going to be closed for a long time,” the owner said in the video, before indicating they would try to sell items off-site until repairs could be made.

Nobody was injured, but the building was temporarily evacuated because of structural damage. A city building inspector assessed the damage and ultimately ruled that the residents could return to their apartments.

The driver of the vehicle was cited for driving without insurance. Police said the driver wasn’t impaired at the time of the crash. According to an updated incident report, the driver said they swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle that allegedly turned in front of them.