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Crash damages convenience store, vehicles

Aaron Krause • Feb 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Two or three people were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a three-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon at the West Side Sunoco that pushed one of the vehicles into the building.

Nobody was injured inside the building, and business continued after the crash.

(NOTE: To see pictures of the crash, click HERE.)

The police report was incomplete Wednesday evening, so no names of the crash victims were available.

Norwalk Police Capt. Dave Smith said a silver colored car was parked by one of the windows. A reddish SUV was making a right turn into the gas station/convenience store when a blue vehicle behind tried to pass on the right. The blue vehicle rammed into the passenger side of the red vehicle, causing the collision. The red vehicle, in turn, was pushed into the parked vehicle, which was pushed into the building. That caused some of the masonry to be caved in and the vehicle pushed the clerk's counter away from the wall, Smith said.

The driver of the blue vehicle was charged with improper passing.

Smith said one of the injured individuals was a female juvenile about 15 years old while the others were adults. North Central EMS transported them to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, Smith said.

Alcohol and drugs are not considered factors in the crash, the police captain said.

The red car was disabled and had to be towed, while the other vehicles sustained moderate damage, Smith said.

Store clerk Heather Nickoli said she was standing at the counter after 4 p.m. The accident call came in at 4:11 p.m. She said she heard tires squeal, turned around and it all happened very quickly.

"I jumped," she said. "It scared the crap out of me. I was standing right behind the counter.

"The whole wall is smashed. I can't believe it didn't break the glass."

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