A Burlington Coat Factory employee was trapped between a wall and cash register area after a vehicle crashed into the southeast valley store Saturday afternoon.
The crash occurred at 4:36 p.m. at the Burlington Coat Factory on 4750 S. Eastern Ave., near Tropicana Avenue, where the blue Kia Sorento entered the store completely.
Police said the driver is a 61-year-old woman. She was parked in a handicap parking spot when she accelerated and turned into the building, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Grant Rogers said.
Police believe the crash “was a complete accident” and wasn’t alcohol-related, Rogers said. The driver was cooperating with police and remained on the scene.
The employee was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center’s trauma unit with nonlife-threatening injuries. Two other people were also taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, Rogers said.
“Something like this happens a few times a year at random,” Rogers said. “An incident like this happens when people are parked in a close spot and forget which gear they’re in or hit the gas instead of the brake,” he said.
It is unknown how fast the woman was driving, Rogers said; the vehicle was not totaled.
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