A 79-year-old Taneytown woman lost control of her 1984 Buick Regal and crashed through two front windows of the mayor's hardware store Monday morning. She was not seriously injured.
Irene E. Clingan was leaving the drive-through window of the Taneytown Bank and Trust Co. on the other side of East Baltimore Street when she accidentally pushed on the accelerator, crossed all four lanes of the usually busy road unscathed and drove into the first floor of Reindollar Hardware, according to police.
"I talked to the lady who was driving the vehicle," Taneytown Police Chief Melvin Diggs said yesterday. "She told me that, when she left the bank, she got very nervous, very excited."
The hardware store remained open, despite the extensive damage done by the Buick to several cabinets and displays.
At the time of the accident, no customers were in the store. No one was seriously injured, police said.
Chief Diggs said Ms. Clingan had barely missed a telephone company truck as she crossed Baltimore Street.
She was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where she was treated and released.
"She was very fortunate that she didn't get hit," the police chief said. "She might have been hurt worse than she was."
Store officials have yet to give an estimate for the cost of the damage. Efforts to contact the store's owner, Mayor Henry I. Reindollar Jr., were unsuccessful.