A few minutes after the Grand Island Credit Union opened for business Thursday morning, a car came crashing through its double doors.
While no one was seriously injured, four people were taken to area hospitals, including the elderly woman behind the wheel.
“She literally came right through the front door,” said credit union manager Casey Coram. “But overall, everyone is OK – just a few bumps and scrapes of that nature.”
The car went through the double doors of the credit union at 2014 Grand Island Blvd., and traveled about 12 feet into the front office and waiting area, said Ray Pauley, spokesman for the Grand Island Fire Company.
“The woman told us she thought she had the car in park, but it went into the building and it is in quite a ways,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Mary Murray said.
Grand Island Fire Capt. Don Portik and Erie County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the credit union and helped two people trapped under debris from a counter and office furnishings, Pauley said.
A customer, Ellen DeNormand, 46, of Grand Island, was struck in the back by the vehicle and treated by medics at the scene. She was taken to Erie County Medical Center for further examination, Pauley said.
Credit union employee Luanne Lucinski, 29, of Niagara Falls, who was behind the counter at the time of the crash, was taken to Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston for additional evaluation.
The driver, Joan Allen, 76, of Grand Island, was transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital as a precautionary measure. The Sheriff’s Office said that Allen suffered a broken ankle.
Allen’s passenger, Joan Droit, 76, also of Grand Island, was taken to Kenmore Mercy as well, but reported no injuries.
Deputies are still investigating and no charges have been filed.