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No one hurt as car crashes into 7-Eleven

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A car driven by a Syringa resident crashed through the front of the 7-Eleven at Hartfield Sunday evening and stopped just three feet from the check out counter. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

On Sunday about 6:30 p.m., a Syringa woman drove her car in reverse and crashed through the front of the 7-Eleven at Hartfield.

Major Mickey Sampson of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office said no one required medical treatment, and after the accident deputies drove the woman to her home on Syringa Road. The car was removed from the building by a wrecker.

The incident occurred on private property and was handled by the Sheriff’s Office. “It’s not considered an automobile accident, which would fall under the auspices of the State Police,” said Sampson. No one at the accident was charged, but there may be pending charges concerning property damage.

Middlesex building official David Selph was at the scene. He said the vehicle did minor structural damage, broke in the glass front, and knocked a wooden corner of the building around about an inch and a half. “All that glass and metal panels were non-structural,” he said.

“I don’t know if someone got confused between the gas and brake pedals or what,” Selph said. “Whatever they did they had to gun it pretty good to get it up in there. The car was about three feet from the counter where people pay.

“I talked to the manager and told her that she could continue to operate and that it was safe structurally,” Selph said. “She said she already had notified maintenance people to come and repair the building.”

posted 07.10.2013

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