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No one was injured when a car drove through a plate glass window and came to rest inside the deli section of a White Plains convenience store Thursday afternoon, said La Plata Volunteer Fire Department Chief Matt Gilroy.
An “elderly couple” in a red Mazda hatchback seemed to have hit a parked car while pulling away from a gas pump, caromed off a wall and then crashed into the Dash-In gas station and store at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Marshall Corner Road, Gilroy said.
The parked car, a Navy blue Audi A4, had a visibly damaged rear fender.
The male driver, 82, cried and paced behind yellow “Caution” tape as his wife, his passenger, spoke with first responders. He declined to speak to a reporter.
Their names, and the woman’s age, were not immediately available, said Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson.
The first firefighters to arrive cut off electricity and gas to the store and ordered it vacated, Gilroy said. No one would be allowed inside until a Charles County building inspector checked for structural damage. Charles County Health Department also was sending an inspector because the establishment serves food.
Besides La Plata, volunteer fire departments from Waldorf, including its Westlake station, and Bel Alton, Potomac Heights and Bryans Road responded, as did the Charles County Mobile Intensive Care Unit, rescue squad and sheriff’s deputies, Gilroy said.
“When you have a vehicle in a building, the whole area responds,” Gilroy said.
The first 911 call came in at 2:07 p.m., Richardson said.
A man in a Dash-In polo shirt, who was photographing the damage, referred questions to another employee standing nearby.
“Somebody drove into the building. No comment right now,” said the man, who would not give his name.
Ina Sanford of White Plains, unable to buy gas, watched the scene with her two small dogs.
“You see it on TV and you don’t expect it to be at your Dash-In,” Sanford said.
Staff writer Paul S. Warner contributed to this report.