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Car hits Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo

Michael Vosburg / Forum Communications Co. A car rolled into this door at Hope Lutheran's north campus Tuesday, in Fargo.

FARGO -- Police say a man may have been suffering from a medical condition when his vehicle crashed into Hope Lutheran Church in north Fargo on Tuesday morning, damaging a door.

The crash was reported at 8:11 a.m., just as church employees and parents with children in preschool were arriving at the church at 2900 Broadway.

Bill Haaland, the church's building engineer, said an employee who uses a wheelchair had just gotten out of her van and was going to use the door to the church's offices when the car went between two brick columns and crashed into the door.

"Missed her by just seconds," Haaland said.

The first officer on scene had to break the front passenger window of the Ford Taurus to reach the driver and help him out of the car, Fargo Police Sgt. Bill Ahlfeldt said.

The driver, who is 47 or 48 years old, was not seriously injured, Ahlfeldt said. He was taken by ambulance to Sanford Medical Center, he said.

Damage to the church appeared limited to the broken glass door and bent door frame, Haaland said.

Ahlfeldt said it was "very fortunate nobody's been hurt" and that the vehicle didn't hit the church at a high rate of speed.

The crash remains under investigation.

Mike Nowatzki is a reporter

at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is owned by

forum Communications Co.