Car crashes into Petco store in Pittsfield; no serious injuries

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PITTSFIELD — An 83-year-old Lenox woman suffered minor injuries when she crashed her car into the Petco store on Merrill Road, according to Pittsfield police.

Around 11:30 a.m., Alice Canning was driving her 2002 Toyota Camry in the parking lot outside Petco when she accelerated while facing the entrance, according to Police Sgt. Marc Maddalena. 

The car crashed through the front window and plowed about 100 feet into the pet store, causing extensive damage. 

Canning was extricated from the car and treated at the scene by County Ambulance, according to Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski. She was transported to Berkshire Medical Center as a precaution.

No humans or pets inside the store were injured Tuesday, Maddalena said in a statement.

Police and fire officials remained on the scene past noon as building and wire inspectors surveyed the damage.

Store personnel said they were not sure when the business would reopen.

More than a dozen employees of the Petco and other stores were gathered outside watching the scene unfold.

"I came out when I heard; it just sounded like a loud boom," said Kayla Raymer, who has worked at the neighboring Home Goods store for about two years. "I'm glad everybody's OK."

Czerwinski said this is the farthest he's seen a vehicle crash into a building in his seven years as fire chief.

"We have cars that strike buildings," he said. "But usually it's minimal damage."

Maddalena's statement did not say whether Canning was cited for the crash. 

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at, at @BE_pleboeuf on Twitter and 413-496-6247.


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