Elderly ladies enjoy DQ after crashing into convenience store | News
LINDALE, TX (KLTV)- Authorities say a Mercury sedan pulled up to a gas pump at the Chevron station in Lindale on the I-20/Highway 69 exit road and stopped momentarily. Then, all of the sudden, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into the gas station convenience store.
According to a witness on the scene, the woman drove her car into the Chevron/Dairy Queen and got out of the vehicle uninjured.
Authorities say there were two elderly women, ages 95 and 82, in the car at the time of the crash. Both women are uninjured.
The owner of the car asked her friend to move her vehicle to the front of the building. Officials say she hit the gas instead of the brake and plowed through the storefront windows of the Chevron gas station.
Officials say a Coke vendor had to dive out of the way to avoid being struck by the incoming vehicle.
"The foot never made it to the brake according to the driver," said James Burnette with the Lindale Police Department.
Workers inside were also taken by surprise.
"We looked up and this lady, she was at the pump and then she just stepped on the gas. She went right between the poles and drove right into the store," said gas station employee Christy Traynham.
The surveillance video of the crash shows individuals inside the store jumping out of the way of the incoming vehicle.
Inside the vehicle were the two elderly females.
Traynham briefly spoke to the driver.
"No bruises. No scrapes. She was just very disoriented. She was wanting to know where her purse was," said Traynham.
The driver, Mary Schroeder and her passenger, Katherine Hudgins, didn't want to talk on camera, but they said they are thankful everyone is okay.
After the crash, they decided to have lunch at the Dairy Queen which is connected to the gas station while they waited on their ride.
The ladies still aren't sure what caused the crash.
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