Car slams into Fairhaven convenience store

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FAIRHAVEN, Mass., (WPRI) — A gaping hole remained Wednesday afternoon where a car slammed through the front window of a 7-Eleven convenience store earlier in the day.

Crews were called to the store – located at the corner of Huttleston Avenue and Alden Road – just before 9:30 a.m.

Police on the scene told Eyewitness News the driver and sole occupant of the car was an 84-year-old woman. They said she was pulling into a parking space when she accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake.

Customers were inside the store at the time of the crash, but police said none were injured.

The driver of the vehicle and a store clerk were evaluated by paramedics on scene, then transported to St. Luke’s Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

“She was upset, breathing heavy,” said Peggy Rucker, a customer who just missed getting hit by the car. “She just said, ‘I’m sorry!'”

According to Deputy Fire Chief Todd Correia, the building did not sustain any structural damage but the broken windows will need to be replaced. The town’s Board of Health said the store is required to remain closed until the accident damage is cleaned up and any affected food products are removed.

Police said charges against the driver are unlikely.

“She did not appear to be under the influence of anything at all,” said Sgt. Kevin Kobza. “She was obviously very shaken up, very upset. This was not the way she wanted to start her day but she appeared to be of sound mind.”

Police are reviewing surveillance footage as they continue to investigate the crash.