MANSFIELD, Mass. — Store manager Ravi Patel says he was the only person inside the West Mansfield Variety store when a car came crashing through the business.
"“I’m eating my lunch over there and just somebody drives through," he said of the crash on Tuesday afternoon.
Patel was sitting in a chair, which broke, when it happened.
“It was like really loud, like a bomb blast, something like that," he said.
His arm was bruised, either from the car or debris. But he and the driver are OK.
“When I go outside, he’s shaking. I said, ‘Let’s go. Come in.’ I bring him inside the store,” Patel said of the driver.
“He just said, ‘You OK?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m OK.' I said, ‘You OK?’ He said, yeah, he’s OK, too. And then I said, ‘Come in. You sit down. If you need water, I give you water,'" Patel recalled.
Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly before 2 p.m. after receiving a report of a car into a building.
No serious injuries were reported. The cause of the incident was deemed accidental, according to the Mansfield Fire Department.
The store closed Tuesday but will reopen on Wednesday.
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