LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – A Lexington barber is sweeping up more than hair Friday night. He’s cleaning up glass and debris after a car crashed into the shop; a situation he’s all too familiar with.
Fades Barbershop is located at the corner of West Third Street and North Upper Street.
Owner Rodney Washington said in the 17 years he’s owned his business, this is sixth time a car wreck has plowed into his shop.
Nevertheless, the incident is surreal.
‘I couldn’t believe it,” Washington said.
The Lexington Police Department reported that around 6 a.m. Friday morning, a truck ran a red light at the intersection and collided with another car, shoving it into the corner of Fades Barbershop.
Lt. Chris Van Brackel with the traffic section of Lexington’s Police Department said, “Anytime you have two cars traveling at speed, they’re going to go off at a 45 degree angle, and in this situation, it’s the business that stops them.”
Washington said that now when he hears the bricks creak inside the shop, it scares him.
All six crashes into Washington’s shop are never because of drunk driving.
“Red light running has been consistently a problem in Lexington. It’s one thing the traffic section has been working on in particular to enforce,” Van Brackel said.
One friend of Washington’s is Frieda Downs, and she stopped by the barbershop Friday to offer prayer for safety.
“This is crash number six, and that’s even more devastating cause this is six times their life has been put in jeopardy, this barber shop, and the one right here, so this is a dangerous area, and I’m just asking the city to think about my friends and put a concrete barrier here,” Freida said.
Since the collision happened in the early hours of Friday morning, no one was hurt inside the barbershop. However, one of the drivers involved was taken to a local area hospital.
Van Brackel said the rubble is a reminder, “Everybody needs to remember … driving in traffic is an exercising skill. And frequently, ‘Oh I’ve been doing this for years, I can do this’ but there’s so many distractions that we face. It’s reached a situation where everybody just needs to concentrate on driving again.”