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Posted: Sunday, June 4, 2000 1:00 am | Updated: 9:15 am, Mon Apr 28, 2014.

MORRIS, Ill. (AP) -- A minivan crashed through the Morris Herald building Saturday, tossing desks, chairs and computers aside until it stopped near the back wall of the newsroom.

No one was inside when the vehicle crashed through two doorways, crossed the lobby and drove through the newsroom, said the newspaper's managing editor, Patrick Graziano. The newspaper does not publish on weekends.

The minivan driver listed in good condition with cuts and bruises at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, a spokesman said. Police said the man was not carrying any identification. His name had not been learned by Saturday evening.

The minivan swerved off Illinois Route 47 and crossed a 70-foot parking lot before crashing into the building, Graziano said. Once inside, it plowed about 100 feet through the building.

``It's unbelievable,'' he said. ``Cubicles are on top of computers, are on top of personal belongings, are on top of paperwork, and it's all shoved to the back of the room. You don't even know where to start to try to dig out.''

``There's not a chair in the newsroom that isn't snapped off. Some stuff was shoved 50 feet across the room.''

Graziano estimated damage to be at least $75,000 and said he did not believe the crash was an accident.

``There is no way he would have gone as far into the building as he did if he didn't mean to,'' he said.

The newspaper has not been involved in any obvious disputes lately, Graziano said, but added that it is not unusual for people to be angry with a newspaper.

Police declined to comment, saying only that the crash was still under investigation. No charges were listed on the accident report, a department dispatcher said.

The crash happened about 7 a.m., a time when at least three people would be in the newsroom on a week day, Graziano said. The Morris Herald employs about 50 people, including eight in the newsroom.

The newspaper planned to publish as usual on Monday. The crash did not affect the printing presses, which are in another part of the building, Graziano said.

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