From STAFF REPORTS

A vehicle crashed through the front entrance of Debbie Robbins’ State Farm insurance office on Tuesday afternoon.

“I was in my office, and it was like an explosion,” Robbins said of the crash.

No injuries were reported, and no charges will be filed against the unidentified driver, Robbins said. The office, which is located on Va. 40 in Rocky Mount, is open, although customers will have to use a rear entrance into the building until repairs are made.

The building sustained some structural damage, including a decorative exterior support post, a main exterior load-bearing wall, the Old Virginia brick exterior, a window and the front door of the business, Robbins said. “I would expect $25,000-30,000 easily,” she said of the damage estimate.

Robbins said a clean-up crew worked for several hours shoring up the hanging bricks, putting a board over the front door and installing a heavy plastic wall to contain the interior of the lobby.

Robbins has operated her insurance business from that building since November 2000.

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