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81-year-old driver hits two people, crashes into Giles nursing home

3:30 p.m. Update:

RICH CREEK (WSLS 10) – Two women are injured after being hit by a vehicle driven by an 81-year-old woman in front of a nursing home in Giles County.

Police say it happened Friday afternoon at 1:00 Rich Creek in front of Heritage Hall on 120 Old Virginia Avenue.

According to Rich Creek Police Chief S.D. Buckland, the driver of the vehicle was 81-year-old Rachel Bennett. Police say Bennett hit victims 69-year-old Nelva Coleman of Newport and sister 67-year-old Iris Cruise, and then crashed into the building's entrance.

Friends of the family say Coleman was visiting Cruise who is a resident at Heritage Hall. The two were visiting outside of the building when they were hit.

The Rich Creek Police Department responded to the scene and is handling the investigation. Fire Departments from Rich Creek and Narrows were dispatched to the scene with Carilion and Giles Rescue personnel.

Both victims were transported to Giles Community Hospital with injuries, but are both expected to recover. According to friends of the family, Cruise has been released back to Heritage Hall.

No information about what caused the accident is available. Police say no charges have been filed against the driver.

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