Car crashes into Chesapeake post office, hits customer

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A car crashed into a Chesapeake post office Tuesday morning.

The crash happened just after 8 a.m. in the 1400 block of Battlefield Boulevard. Kelly O’Sullivan with the Chesapeake Police Department said the driver was trying to park but hit the accelerator instead. The white Honda Civic struck a customer walking into the post office.

Both the 80-year-old driver and the customer were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Although police aren’t releasing the names of the women involved in the accident, they’re both expected to be OK.

And so is the building, in time, but hours after the accident it was not in the best shape.  Police, fireman, postal inspectors, and glass experts all had to have a meeting of the minds to come up with a plan.

“The post office boxes outside, the collection boxes, will still be serviced,” said M.J. Romano, a U.S Postal Inspector.  “People are not permitted to come in and get their PO Box mail at this time.  For retail services go to the Great Bridge or Indian River Post Offices.  People have been coming to us asking how soon they can get in there.  So we’re hoping that within 24 hours we will have this post office operational again .”

In the meantime, there’s a sense of deja vu for regular customers.

“It’s been two or three times here in the past anyway,” said Virgil Elks.  “They should put up poles in front of the building is the only thing I can think of.  That’s the only thing that’s going to stop these people from running into it.”

“You never know when someone might forget to put their foot on the brake and put their foot on the gas,” said Chris McIntosh.  “It was boarded up for over a month waiting on the glass to come in to replace it.”

We found video in our archives of similar scenes at the same post office, one in 2008 and again in 2010.

Police have not said whether the driver will face any charges in this latest crash.  Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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