CHARLES TWEED/BRANDON SUN
A van is shown lodged in the window of the Medical Centre Super Thrifty Pharmacy on Sixth Street on Saturday. The van was involved in a collision with another vehicle before sliding into the building.
Customers and employees at the Medical Centre Super Thrifty Pharmacy needed their blood pressure checked after a van crashed through the front window of the downtown business.
"We were just sitting here working like any other day, and just after lunch and all of sudden we heard a big crash and we looked out the window and there was a van right there," pharmacist Rob Jaska said.
Shortly after 1 p.m., witnesses reported that a van travelling north on Sixth Street was T-boned by an SUV travelling west on Princess Avenue. After being struck by the SUV, the van carried on down the slippery road and crashed into the front the window of the pharmacy.
When the accident happened, Jaska said there were customers in the building.
"I think the customers got a bit of a start, but the people in the vehicle looked shaken up a lot more," Jaska said.
While the pharmacy has had several vehicle accidents in front of the storefront in the past, and has been on the rare occasion the target of vandalism or theft, Jaska said a vehicle crashing through the front window is breaking new ground.
"This is the first time we’ve had a drive-thru," he joked.
Jaska was also please with how the staff handled the situation, ensuring everyone involved in the accident — that included a pregnant woman, according to witnesses — were okay.
"I was proud of how the staff responded," Jaska said. "They called emergency services right away and went out to see if anybody needed any help, and comforted the people that were involved."
Crystal Bonchuk Richards was in the back of the store when the crash took place and the crackling and smashing of glass sent chills up her spine.
"I heard a loud bang and I came running out because I had no idea what was happening. It was very loud and all you could hear was shattering glass."
Richards, who has worked at the pharmacy for seven years, joked that the driver had a vendetta against her after the accident because the glass that the vehicle crashed into was painted with a holiday theme that included painted portraits of all of the staff members and the only portrait the van smashed was hers.
"Mine was the only one that got smashed, but I guess it’s one way to clean the window," she joked.
Police confirmed the accident on Sunday.
"There were no injuries," Brandon Police Service Staff Sgt. Marc Alain said, adding that no charges were laid against either driver of the vehicles.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 14, 2013