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Car crashes through the window of deli

January 18, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

A car crashed through the window of a Williamsport deli at lunchtime Wednesday and struck an unoccupied dining table in an area where 20 to 30 people were eating.

The car's passenger was taken by ambulance to Washington County Hospital, but no one else was injured in the crash that was reported at 12:15 p.m. at Deli-licious in the Milestone Terrace strip mall, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy 1st Class Jason Willison said.

"We're just lucky nobody was sitting at that front table," said Donald Brown, co-owner of the restaurant.

He said the customers in the dining area were "unusually calm" when the front end of the car crashed through the glass.

No charges were filed against the 88-year-old Hagerstown woman who was driving the car, Willison said.

Willison said the woman pulled into a parking spot that faces the restaurant's front doors and "hit the gas instead of the brake," sending the front end of the car over a low curb and about 3 feet into the restaurant.

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A door frame to the restaurant was bent over the hood of the car, which sat above a pile of shattered glass.

Brown said someone drove through the glass on the deli-counter side of the restaurant about 10 years ago.

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