PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - An SUV plowed into an auto parts store in Pascagoula on Wednesday, just barely missing employees and customers inside. The accident happened around lunchtime at the corner of Old Mobile Highway.
Doug Young said in all his years of shopping at Advance Auto Parts in Pascagoula, he never imagined he would see an SUV sitting in the middle of the aisle.
"I have never seen anything like this before," said Young. "We were over there, and they told us we couldn't get any parts. I came out and saw that white SUV in there, and I couldn't believe it."
Young wasn't the only one in shock. Others who live and work in the area stood outside the store in amazement.
"What the heck is going on in Pascagoula," one customer said.
"I was in the store over there and a guy came in and said, 'did you see the car in the store over there that drove through the building?' I ran outside and looked, and there it was," a Pascagoula resident said.
According to Pascagoula police, a female driver was parking her SUV at the store when she mistook the gas pedal for the brake. The out of control vehicle then crashed through the front doors, going several feet inside before stopping.
"All of sudden, she just went boom. I thought it was drive-through now," one customer said.
Amazingly, no one was hurt, but police say it was a close call.
"Two people were about to walk out of the door when they saw the vehicle coming through the glass windows and was able to run to the back of the store," Police Capt. Shannon Massey said.
The vehicle was hardly damaged, but the store suffered much more. The auto center had shattered glass and auto supplies spread everywhere.
"Debris is throughout the store. They are going to have a good time cleaning it up," Massey said.
The driver was not issued a ticket, but the accident is still under investigation.
"I am just glad nobody got hurt. That is the most important thing, but you don't see this every day, do you," said Massey.
Police say the auto store is still open, but the showroom floor is temporarily closed.