Truck Plows Into Convenience Store, Injures Customer

Feb 24, 2012 11:40am

A quick stop to a convenience store proved anything but convenient for a Massachusetts man after he was plowed into by a pickup truck that crashed into the store.

Police in Methuen, Mass., a suburb of Boston, said the man, 26, was standing inside the White Eagle Pantry convenience store around 9 p.m. Wednesday when a pickup truck suddenly crashed through the store’s front window.

Video of the incident captured by the store’s surveillance camera shows the man walking up to the store’s front counter just as the truck smashed through.  Two other people were standing at the counter but escaped the crash without injury.

The injured man was taken out of the store by paramedics and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police say.

Witnesses told police the truck appeared to be pulling into a parking spot but then suddenly accelerated forward, right into the store.

Methuen police have opened an investigation into the official cause of the crash but have yet to release the name of the 43-year-old driver.

Local affiliate WCVB reported the driver, who was not injured, has multiple sclerosis and that police are looking into whether that was a factor in the crash.

The store closed briefly after the crash Wednesday but was back open for business the next day.

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