A man in his 60s accidentally backed his car through the front doors of a Fred Meyer store outside Puyallup last night, injuring seven people, one seriously. Around 7:30 p.m., the man drove in...
A man in his 60s accidentally backed his car through the front doors of a Fred Meyer store outside Puyallup last night, injuring seven people, one seriously.
Around 7:30 p.m., the man drove in reverse through the glass doors and came to a stop 116 feet inside the South Hill store at 17404 Meridian E., said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.
The injured including a Salvation Army bell ringer were either hit by the car or by flying debris, he said.
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One person was seriously injured and taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma; four others received moderate injuries and two received minor injuries, Troyer said.
The man told deputies there was a problem with his accelerator. Store officials temporarily closed some departments, but the store was expected to open as usual today.
Investigators watched footage from the store’s surveillance cameras and realized numerous small children moved out of the car’s path seconds before it crashed through the doors, he said.