VALLEJO (KRON) — “We could’ve been dead, all of us.”
Paul Cheathem was just about to leave the Dollar Tree when he turned back in to make one more purchase.
“I heard a loud crash, sounded like a bomb,” Cheathem said. “And before I knew it, a car had come through the store and hit me and I ended up on the floor.”
A Honda Civic drove over a steel pole, through the front door and injured at least six people inside the Dollar Tree store in Vallejo Thursday afternoon.
A 75-year-old woman was reportedly driving the car, and complained of chest pains following the accident, according to the Vallejo Fire Department.
The woman said she was confused, and hit the gas instead of the brake.
She went to the hospital with minor injuries, along with five other patients.
Now, broken glass and Christmas decorations cover the aisles.
Police officers, firefighters and paramedics reported to the scene on the 3400 block of Sonoma Boulevard.
Video shows the car completely inside the store.
The crash was first reported on Twitter just after 1:15 p.m.
Some of the victims returned to the store to pick up their cars — describing what it was like to be inside.
“Slow motion, looked like a movie, where everything was just crashing toward me,” Dorase Dargenzio said.
The victims were all just happy to be safe and out of the hospital.
“Thank you, Lord,” Dargenzio said. “Thank you.”
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