Car plows through Mac’s storefront

A sedan plows through the front of a Mac's convenience store in Cornwall, Ont. on Dec. 6, 2015. Two people in the vehicle were checked over by paramedics as a precaution. Police say nobody inside the store was hurt, (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Shards of glass, bricks and pieces of a plastic garbage can lay at the front entrance of a Mac’s convenience store after a sedan wheeled through the front entrance.

Cornwall police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the Mac’s convenience store at 1330 Second Street East just before 1:30 p.m.

The Chevy Malibu sedan had plowed through the door and windows on the south side of the building, next to Pizza Pizza. At least half the vehicle was inside the entrance way.

Cornwall Police Sgt. Chad Maxwell told Cornwall Newswatch there were two people in the vehicle and three to four people inside the building.

Miraculously, nobody inside or outside the store was hurt. The busy store had a female customer and two or three clerks who escaped injury, Maxwell said.

“There were no injuries. Nobody was standing close enough (to the entrance), thank goodness there were no injuries,” Maxwell added.

The two occupants of the Malibu were checked over by paramedics as a precaution.

A sedan plows through the front of a Mac's convenience store in Cornwall, Ont. on Dec. 6, 2015. Two people in the vehicle were checked over by paramedics as a precaution. Police say nobody inside the store was hurt, (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
A sedan plows through the front of a Mac’s convenience store in Cornwall, Ont. on Dec. 6, 2015. Two people in the vehicle were checked over by paramedics as a precaution. Police say nobody inside the store was hurt, (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

One clerk described to CNW a tense scene inside the store as he was pushed out of the way by a fellow employee as the car accelerated through the storefront.

The unusual event drew scores of spectators, many snapping pictures with their cell phones.

Police were on scene this afternoon taking measurements.

The case is being treated as an accident, likely driver confusion between the gas and brake pedals, said police.

The store is closed and it’s not known how long the shop will remain that way considering the extensive damage.

Click on a photo below to see more pictures from the scene.

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