LEWISTON – Rescuers responded to the Lewiston laundry center on Monday morning after a vehicle crashed into the building following a collision at a nearby intersection.
Lewiston Fire Department Captain Paul Fournier said someone was in the building when the vehicle crashed. The person was not by the window and suffered no injuries, he said.
Police received the call at 5:54 a.m., Sgt. Michael Whalen of the Lewiston Police Department said. Neither driver involved in the accident was seriously injured.
Before crashing into the laundromat, a red 2012 Honda CRV collided with a white GMC truck at the intersection of Sabattus and Russell Streets. The truck was traveling from Russell Street to Farwell Street and the Honda was traveling on Sabattus Street, in the direction of Sabattus. Both drivers say they have been given the green light, Whalen said.
Whalen said he did not know the identity of the driver who crashed into the building.
After the collision, the Honda had to run to the laundromat, he said. Instead of applying the brakes, the woman at the wheel stepped on the accelerator, throwing the car onto the sidewalk and into the Lewiston Laundry Center, Whalen said.
Rob Bosquet lives next to the laundromat on rue Sabattus. He said his wife was exercising early this morning in their house when she heard a loud noise. At first they thought the laundromat might have exploded, before seeing the crash.
He estimates that the vehicle was removed from the building around 8 a.m.
Presque Isle owner Todd Hedrich said it was the second time in two months that his Lewiston laundromat had been damaged by a vehicle. It has 12 laundromats statewide.
A home inspector assessed the damage on Monday and, on his recommendation, Hedrich installs a beam to support the windows. The wall is not load-bearing and the inspector found no other problems with the structure, Hedrich said.
The business is fully insured. However, Hedrich isn’t sure how much it will cost or how long it will take to fix the wall. Carpenters put up the window on Monday and Hedrich said the business would reopen at 5 p.m.
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