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SUV Crashes Through Cohasset Hardware Store

COHASSET (CBS) --- Police are calling it a "miracle" no one was hurt when a woman crashed her car through the front door of a local hardware store, coming to rest in the middle of the artificial Christmas tree aisle.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, police say a 51-year-old Scituate woman went to the Aubuchon Hardware Company to pick up some ice melt. Knowing the bag would be heavy, she wanted to back her Honda CRV up to the front of the store.

While backing up, police say the woman mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake and that's when she smashed through the front of the building.

Several employees jumped out-of-the-way of the woman's SUV, but no one was injured.

"Thank God nobody was injured," said store manager Shane Thomas.

In the store security video, you can see the customer backing up her car then suddenly plowing into the window.

Startled cashiers and a customer jumped back from the crash and moments later, the driver got out of her car, stunned by what she had just done.

Scott Doland was one of the clerks working the register when the crash took place.

After the impact he tried to calm the driver.

"She was just really upset," said Doland.

Acting Chief of Police William Quigley said it was a miracle that no one was injured during this crash.

The building inspector has determined there is no structural damage to the building and the store was open on Monday.

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