A Jeep crashed into a tax preparation office Saturday at 36th Street and Falls Road in Hampden, pinning a pedestrian to the road and sending a wave of glass over people inside, according to witnesses.
Tom Hanlon, 63, was inside getting his paperwork done before Monday’s filing deadline.
“It was like a bomb went off,” he said. “Glass flew past me 30 feet.”
Hanlon said he went outside and the driver of the Jeep seemed dazed. People warned him not to back up because another man was trapped underneath the SUV, he added.
“Ten minutes before I was sitting right in the window,” Hanlon said. “At least I got up to walk away.”
Maureen Cox, 54, who was out walking her dog when the crash happened, said the pedestrian was “all tangled up in it.”
She said emergency workers tried to lift the truck but appeared to lose their grip and dropped it. They were eventually able to get the man free with some help from other people, Cox said.
The driver and bystander were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The crash did major damage to the Jackson Hewitt office on Falls Road, breaking the store's front windows and facade. Inside, plaster, shattered glass and fiber insulation were strewn across the floor.
Franchise owner Steve Wions arrived after the incident and helped Hanlon get his filing sorted in the wrecked store.
“I would not expect this to happen at the end of tax season,” Wions said.