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Witness describes scene after RV plows into Cannery casino entrance

Posted at 5:32 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 21:28:28-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The RV crash into the Cannery Casino Friday morning has some people wondering if there's anything that could have been done to mitigate the damage.

Shock and awe for Jesus Orozco, watching an RV crash into the front entrance of the Cannery Casino-Hotel in North Las Vegas.

"Yeah, the broke the glass and windows and everything," he said.

Orozco also saw the RV hit a custodian who was right by the entrance.

"One man was on the floor, and he looked really bad," Orozco said.

Police say the custodian was seriously injured and was sent to the hospital in critical but stable condition. Officers believe the crash was intentional.

Orozco frequently goes to the casino and is used to the hustle and bustle of the gaming inside, but the r-v crash sent the gamblers scrambling.

"Everybody was walking and running, and it was crazy, just crazy.," he said.

Hospitality security expert Adam Coughran says these types of incidents are relatively rare.

"A vehicle going into a building is something we never really expect. How buildings do we go in and out of in a day, and nothing ever happens," he said.

North Las Vegas Police officers say the woman in the RV wasn't done, and kept jamming her foot on the gas, looking to inflict more damage, before security pulled her from the driver's seat.

"If you have quick-thinking security guards or quick-thinking individuals, that can get in and try to take the keys away, to prevent further injury. That's really a personal decision, but it probably nothing short of heroic," Coughran said.

He says visitors should remain aware when entering a building.

"When you're in the front areas, especially around vehicle traffic, always keep a little bit of an eye to the windows and eye to the doors just to make sure," Coughran said.

Locals say they're in favor of seeing additional barriers in front of the entrance to keep vehicles like this RV away.

"It's crazy…..we got to have safety," Orozco said.