No one was injured Tuesday when a van driven by a 71-year-old woman crashed through a plate glass window and into the mini-mart at the Shell gas station at 3100 Maple Ave. in Brookfield. But as of Thursday afternoon, the gas station remained closed with no word on exactly how soon the business will reopen.
“It’s a good thing no one was injured,” said Augustine Moon, one of the owners of the gas station.
The crash happened at about 4:20 p.m. when the van driver’s foot reportedly slipped off the brake and on to the gas pedal as she was pulling into a parking space in front of the mini-mart.
The woman told police that before she could get her foot back on the brake, it crashed through the window. Two people were working at the checkout counter at the time of the incident. The car did strike the counter, moving it. However, neither employee was injured.
One of the employees interviewed by police said the car wasn’t moving very fast as it pulled in. But as it reached the sidewalk in front of the store, he said, the car just kept coming, right through the window. It narrowly missed striking a cage filled with propane tanks.
The driver was ticketed for driving on the sidewalk, and the van was towed from the scene.
While the window area has been boarded up, the business is still not open, because of electrical service that connected the checkout counter with the gas pumps.
“There’s an electrical connection for the gas pumps that comes up through a conduit in the counter,” said Keith Sbiral, director of the Brookfield Building and Planning Department. “We want to make sure the connections are not compromised in any way. We’ll try to get them open as soon as possible.”