FARGO - A 77-year-old Fargo woman caused terror inside a beauty salon when she accidentally drove into it Tuesday, April 12..

Jodi Ellingson, the owner of The Salon Professional Academy, a beauty school at 4377 15th Ave. S., stood outside as firefighters helped a tow truck extract the silver sedan after the crash.

“I’m just so grateful nobody’s hurt,” Ellingson said.

Police said no one was injured in the crash, a lucky outcome considering the car went completely inside the salon, landing on top of several salon chairs.

“The potential for something really, really tragic to happen was there,” Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said.

The driver, whose name police declined to release, was cited for failing to have her vehicle under control, Vettel said. He said the driver was pulling into the salon parking lot when “driver error” caused the crash.

Ellingson was inside the salon at about 12:40 p.m., shortly after everyone returned from a lunch break, when she saw the car crash through the glass wall.

“I turn around, and I just see glass flying across the salon,” Ellingson said. “Everybody was running and screaming.” People in the salon helped to get the driver out of the car, Ellingson said.

Ellingson and others noticed a head poking out of the debris, eliciting panic. “I was worried when I saw the head that it was a real person,” Ellingson said. “But it wasn’t, thank God.” It was a mannequin head.

The driver explained that her flip-flop got tangled with the accelerator, according to Ellingson, who estimated the crash caused $50,000 in damage.

She has a plan to prevent this from happening again: “I’m going to put a guardrail up.”

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