April 26, 2018
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Car crashes into Union store

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

UNION, Maine — A car crashed into the side of the Common Market on Wednesday morning, causing extensive damage. Bottles flying off a shelf inside the store narrowly missed a baby sitting in a shopping cart, but no injuries were reported.

Karen Penney, 68, of Rockport was driving her 2003 Nissan Xterra into a parking space next to the store when she hit the accelerator rather than the brake, Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Elwell said. The crash was reported to the department shortly before 11:30 a.m.

Store manager Bill Gagne said it was fortunate no one was injured. A 20-foot-long food cooler on the inside wall of the store was pushed 6 to 8 feet into the building.

Gagne said he reviewed the store video after the crash and there was a baby sitting in a shopping cart near the cooler when the accident happened. About 15 bottles of sparkling grape juice fell off a shelf near the cooler but did not hit the child.

Damage to the store is estimated at as much as $45,000.

Carpenters were working on repairing the holes in the wall Wednesday afternoon. The cooler will have to be replaced, Gagne said.

There was minor damage to the car, the deputy said.

Penney, her husband and their golden retriever were not injured. She will not be charged with any traffic infraction, Elwell said.

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