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Car barrels into Irvington, New Jersey supermarket injuring 3

People may often think of a pedestrian accident as involving a person walking along a roadway. People struck by a moving car are typically walking or standing near a city street when a pedestrian wreck occurs. A person who is not strapped into a seat in another vehicle can face tremendous risks for harm when struck by a car. That should be fairly obvious to New York and New Jersey readers.

But, what happens when a person is inside a building?

Two people suffered injuries while working at a New Jersey store last Friday afternoon. Authorities say that a car barreled through the front of a Pathmark store in Irvington, New Jersey, around 1:45 in the afternoon Friday. The driver of the car and two workers from the store suffered personal injuries in the car versus building accident. Fire officials in Irvington report that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

The front of the store was damaged and officials deemed the structure unsafe. The store was closed down, at least temporarily, to allow for clean up and any necessary repairs to protect other workers and patrons from potential injury.

Authorities believe that a man in his 60s was en route to the store, but wound up crashing into the front of the building. A deputy fire chief in Irvington says that the driver suffered a spell of shortness of breath before he wrecked. More specific details about the injuries suffered by the driver or the two workers have not been disclosed.

Car accidents can involve a variety of factors that may need to be investigated in learning what went wrong to cause, or contribute, to a wreck. Not all wrecks necessarily involve negligence, but when an accident victim suffers harm from a negligent act of another, the victim should not have to bear the costs of that negligence.

Source: New York Daily News, “Car crashes into New Jersey Pathmark supermarket, injuring three,” Nina Golgowski, Jan. 24, 2014

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