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Photos: SUV Crashes Through Downtown Rite Aid, Injuring 8

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Eight people were hurt after an SUV crashed through the window of a Rite Aid downtown this afternoon.

The crash happened around 3:36 pm at the drug store on the corner of 5th and Broadway. There were eight injuries, and four people were taken to the hospital, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. Two of the people had critical injuries. The man driving the SUV was not injured, and it's not clear what caused the crash (eds. note: see update below). The area around the scene was blocked off with units from both the fire department and police department responding.

It's worth noting that this stretch of Broadway has been the scene of two fatal accidents this year. A woman was killed when a truck jumped the curb near 4th Street and Broadway this March. A Metro bus driver was killed in a head-on collision near 5th and Broadway this month.

UPDATE 4:53 pm: The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, LAPD spokesman Officer Cleon Joseph told LAist. The Los Angeles Times reports that a Chevrolet Suburban collided with another car, and then the driver crashed into Rite Aid after shifting the SUV into reverse.