Car crashes into Appomattox Post Office structure

Today at about 4:10 p.m. a driver crashed into a brick pillar in the front of the Appomattox Post Office on Court Street. 

According to a Virginia State Police trooper at the scene, the female driver of a gray Nissan Maxima lost control of the vehicle by accidentally stepping on the gas pedal while parked and going up over the curb. 

No pedestrians were injured. 

The trooper identified the driver as 81-year-old Lenore Peay of Appomattox. Peay was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital. While being checked by medics at the post office, she was alert and aware of her surroundings. 

Family of Peay had been notified, and a man who described himself as her cousin arrived shorty after the incident. The man stated that Peay was the lone occupant of the car.

An employee of O'Reilly's Auto Parts, located across the street from the post office, said the parking lot was initially full of smoke from the car's tires burning rubber. 

The middle brick pillar near the front window of the post office was bent and damaged at the bottom, but did not collapsed when the car was towed away. Rescue crews were then attempting to break up brick rubble at the bottom of the pillar which, according to a crew member, will likely need to be replaced. The nearest entrance door was taped off for safety reasons. 

The Nissan Maxima also sustained serious damage. 

Arriving at the scene were the Appomattox County Rescue Squad, Appomattox Volunteer Fire Company Engine 3, Crash Rescue 8 and Command 1, the Appomattox County Sheriff's Department and Virginia State Police.