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2012-10-15 at 16:08

Car crashes into bank

By Leith Dunick,
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THUNDER BAY -- An elderly local woman is unhurt after crashing her car through a bank window on Dawson Road.

Police say no one inside the TD Canada Trust at Country Fair Plaza was hurt Monday afternoon when the woman’s white Hyundai Sonata hopped a parking barrier and smashed through the plate glass window and brick front of the bank, narrowly missing at least one customer inside.

“I was pretty surprised,” said the witness, who did not want to give his name. “It was very close. I was five feet away. I’m pretty shaken up.”

Lee Vollum was standing a short distance away and said he was shocked to see the afternoon event unfold.

“I turned around, just to watch the parking lot a bit and I saw a woman in a Sonata pull into the parking space. She jumped forward once, sort of hopping over the barrier, then jumped forward again, going right into the front of the bank,” Vollum said.

Vollum quickly called 911 to report the incident and said it’s not something you see every day.

“It was a bit shocking,” he said.

The woman tried to get out of her car, but was told it might be wiser to stay put until emergency crews arrived.

“That glass was hanging down like guillotines,” Vollum said.

Thunder Bay Police Const. Gordon Snyder confirmed there were no injuries inside or out.

“There were people in the bank at the time who witnessed what happened and there were no injuries as a result. The driver is fine and she’s cooperative with police. We’re just waiting to have the vehicle towed out. There’s extensive damage to the bank.”

The bank remains closed until further notice, though the drive-though is still open.

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phrank says:
Poor Bank, This is the second time a car has gone threw this bank. i remember when i was a kid a car was left in neutral at the old Lucky 7 convenience store(now credit union) and rolled threw Dawson road and right into the side where the ATMs are
10/15/2012 4:30:40 PM says:
Oh well, this does not only happen to elderly people! She will be shaken up and I hope she is ok!
10/15/2012 4:31:51 PM
nvjgu says:
Hole new meaning to drive through window.
10/15/2012 4:57:42 PM
jimmyboy says:
Yup...what a mess...I got there not too long after they towed the car...hopefully it did not scare the living daylights out of the employees working inside at the time.

10/15/2012 5:02:50 PM
udecide says:
Not very hard to pass the driving test in Thunder Bay.........reflexes and vision are not necessary here....but I do feel for her //
10/15/2012 5:12:12 PM
CM Punk says:
MTO and doctors need to be more effective in getting drivers who have a possible medical condition off the roads.
Not just the elderly, at any age.
They will not only harm others, but themselves as well. This is a serious problem that a lot of people more or less ignore.
10/15/2012 6:35:09 PM
nvjgu says:
Going to have to start putting tempered glass in these places.
10/15/2012 7:46:20 PM
buzzerd says:
On 6 news they reported that police wouldn't charge her with any thing because it was on private property. So if you are driving on the expressway doing 110km/hr with the usual little to no traffic you get a $200 fine, but it you drive into and inside a building and through B.S. luck didn't hurt anyone it's oh well carry on. Annnnnnnd we will give you a discount on your insurance because you're over 65! and that folks is why we have terrible drivers in North America.
10/15/2012 8:43:05 PM
rootbear says:
Same thing happened at my wife's business. An elder some 100 years old put it in D instead of R. Someone could have been seriously hurt because customers sit at the front against the windows. Thankfully no one was and in this case. I am in full support of mandatory re-testing for seniors and I am one of them. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt!
10/15/2012 9:05:02 PM
CJ says:
*cough* Commom sense failed here.
10/16/2012 10:17:30 AM
Young Professional says:
That's crazy. Look how far the parking curbs are located from the store. How did she not manage to hit the brakes? I'm glad nobody was hurt.

10/16/2012 10:40:30 AM
olive garden says:
parking curbs should be increase in height by atleast 8 inches expeccially
where there is all the glass on a building and used for office or waiting lobby , lucky no one got hurt .
10/16/2012 12:49:44 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
Glad to hear nobody was injured.
Accidents happen folks. Why you must find blame is baffling.
10/16/2012 3:10:02 PM
Tannoy says:
I keep picturing the two old men from the commercials getting out of the car after this...
10/17/2012 8:34:08 AM
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