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Publication Date: Friday, June 03, 2005

News Briefs News Briefs (June 03, 2005)

Two hurt after woman drives into Laundromat

A mother and her infant were injured after an inexperienced driver crashed her car into a Rengstorff Avenue Laundromat. The woman driving the car was a beginning driver with a learner's permit. On May 29 at around 11 a.m., she was pulling into a parking spot at 615 S. Rengstorff Ave. when she accidentally pressed the gas petal instead of the brakes. Her car then jumped the median, hitting another car and crashing into the building. The car finally came to rest completely inside the building between the rows of machines.

The mother and her infant were transported to Stanford Trauma Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to fire department spokesman Lynn Brown. The driver of the car, and the passenger, who was her husband, were not injured.

"We are just very lucky that it turned out the way it did, and that no one was killed," said Brown.

Sunday morning is usually crowded at the Laundromat, which is why Brown said it had the potential to be much worse.

When the car crashed into the building a support column was knocked down, so a city building inspector has declared the site to be unsafe. Other businesses in the building were able to stay open.

70-year-old injured by construction truck

A 70-year-old woman was struck by a large truck on the corner of El Camino Real and Americana Avenue, sending her to the hospital with serious injuries.

The May 25 incident occurred around 3 p.m., when an empty dirt-hauling truck, part of the Camino Medical Group construction project at 701 E. El Camino Real, turned right onto Americana and struck the unidentified woman. The woman was transported to the hospital where she remains listed as a trauma patient, said police spokesman Jim Bennett.

Bennett said anyone who witnessed the accident or has information is encouraged to contact the police at (650) 903-6344.

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