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Car goes airborne, crashes into MJ business

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A couple traveling east bound on Interstate 40 lost control of their car, left the road and crashed through the brick wall of a Mt. Juliet business where their car burst into flames early Saturday morning.

The couple sustained minor injuries in the accident and Fire Department of Mt. Juliet Chief Jamie Luffman said they were lucky things were not worse.

"About six more inches and the outcome would have been a lot more tragic," Luffman said.

The female driver told police she over corrected and lost control. Luffman said FDMJ got the call around 5:54 a.m. right after the car burst into flames after plowing through the back of Simply Care at 151 Adams Lane.

"Obviously, they were going at a high rate of speed," Luffman said.

The office was closed at the time of the accident. Luffman said the car went through the wall and into the back restroom and supply room after it missed the I-40 Mt. Juliet exit guardrail, careened down a 50-foot berm and under a chain-link fence. Luffman said the car then ignited and the sprinkler system contained the flames in the rear side of the building before his department extinguished them.

Police said the driver was ticketed for not having a driver's license at the scene.

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