A car plowed into a wall at the Meineke auto repair shop on Green Bay Road in Evanston about 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Photos from the scene show what appears to be significant damage to the building.

Update 9:30 a.m.: Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says the driver of the car, a 41-year-old woman from Mount Prospect suffered a possible broken leg in the incident. A dog that was also in the car appeared to have been uninjured.

Glew says the driver was given citations for failure to reduce speed and for damage to city property. He says the investigation into the incident continues.

Update 1:40 p.m.: Fire Division Chief Kimberly Kull says the car’s driver was critically injured in the crash and department paramedics transported her to a local hospital.

She says the dog suffered a leg injury and that firefighters provided medical support for the dog until the city’s animal warden was able to arrange to have the dog taken to an animal hospital.

Kull says the car struck a light pole on Green Bay Road before running into the auto repair shop.

City structural engineers were called to the scene to assess the condition of the building.

Update 7:20 p.m.: Chief Kull says the city engineers have concluded that, despite the damage, the building is structurally safe.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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