OAKLAND -- Six people were injured Friday morning when an SUV and a city public works truck collided and slammed into a downtown building at 14th and Franklin streets, police said.
After the collision at 10:20 a.m., the SUV continued onto the sidewalk, taking out a street sign and sideswiping a parked car before crashing into the front of Central Nails in the 1400 block of Franklin, police said. The city truck, used for sewers and drainage jobs, also damaged the front of a nearby art gallery.
Police said the city truck was traveling north on Franklin Street, and the SUV was headed west on 14th when the collision happened. Police are trying to determine which of the vehicles ran a red light
The injured included two pedestrians and four people in the two vehicles, police said. Three are women and three are men.
Githinji Wa Mbire, owner of the Omiroo Gallery at 400 14th Street, said he heard the crash. "When I looked up, one person came flying through the glass door," he said.
He said the woman was bleeding and wasn't able to talk, but he helped her as best he could.
The 52-year-old woman was the most seriously injured of the six. She has a broken leg, broken ribs and a collapsed lung and remains hospitalized, authorities said.
The other five people were treated for various injuries, and some were released Friday afternoon.
A patron inside the nail salon, Mykah Montgomery,
"We heard some big boom-booms," Montgomery said. "It didn't seem to stop, and then we saw the car coming into the building. We all jumped to the corner and wondered how we were going to get out."
Another customer and one employee were inside the salon, but none of them were hurt.
"It was very scary," Montgomery said.