Truck crashes into Nacogdoches convenience store

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nobody was hurt but a building sustained some damage after a driver crashed into the front of a store on South Street in Nacogdoches Tuesday morning.

According to Nacogdoches Police Sgt. Keith Fincum, Betty Kelly, 65, of Shreveport, La., was driving a GMC Sierra and pulled up to park at KJ's Convenience Store, located at 4712 South Street, at 8:20 a.m., but accidentally hit the gas pedal and crashed into the front door.

The store remained open during the clean up. The front door was blocked and customers were asked to use the back door to enter and leave the building.

One employee described the scene as chaotic.

"It was like a screech and a big bang," Janet Hunt said.

Owner Kim Drury was in the store's grill area and saw the scene unfold.

"It sounded like it was a bomb," Drury said. [It was like] someone through a bomb in the building."

While picking up energy drinks that were knocked over by the truck, Hunt said that instances like this are understandable.

"These things happen," Hunt said. "She meant to hit the brake, but hit the gas instead."

Employees would tend to Kelly while she waited for friends to pick her up and said she was pretty upset.

"She just couldn't believe that it happened," Hunt said "I don't think she still believes that it happened."

Sgt. Greg  Sowell with the Nacogdoches Police Department said that Kelly would not be charged or receive any citations since nobody was hurt and because the incident happened on private property.

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