Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel said a driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal when he struck the University of Wisconsin – Marathon County Civic Center around 7:20 p.m. Thursday.
Chief Hardel said the driver was cited with inattentive driving. He said drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash.
Police say he hit a light pole, jumped a curb and ran into the building.
A jazz concert was going on at the time of the crash, but no one inside was injured. Authorities decided the safest thing to do would be keep them in the theater. The concert continued as normal.
The driver was not taken to the hospital.
County official will be at the campus Friday assessing the damage. The Wausau Fire Marshall will also inspect the building to make sure the there is no structural damage.
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