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Van crashes into Albany store

October 9, 2002

Albany--A van crashed into an Albany store today and a shoe lace is to blame. It happened this morning at the Marathon Gas Station on Gillionville Road. The driver says her shoelace got tangled with the gas pedal. The van went almost entirely into the store. Thankfully, no one was inside.

Just before 11 o'clock this morning the store employees stepped outside to take a break when Turner Job Corps worker, Veta Coleman, drove the van into an available parking space in front. Coleman's shoelace was tangled with the gas pedal. As she worked to get her foot loose, the van accelerated into the store. Witnesses are surprised no one was hurt. Witness Riva Reese says, "The rest can be fixed, but a life can't be brought back and when it came through there I didn't know if she was hurt or not. I was scared."

No charges have been filed against the driver. The store owner says the building will be boarded up until it can be repaired. The Marathon gas station is open for business.

Posted at 6:40 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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