Car crashes into Chula Vista Dollar Tree store

Posted at 12:25 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 22:15:52-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (CNS) - A car careened out of a parking lot at a strip mall near Southwestern College Wednesday and smashed its way inside a discount store, damaging merchandise and furnishings but causing no injuries or serious structural damage.

The crash in the 900 block of Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista -- one of two similar accidents to occur within minutes of each other in the San Diego area -- was reported shortly before 10 a.m., according to fire department officials.

The vehicle came to a stop roughly 20 feet into the Dollar Tree store, "amazingly" hurting none of the customers or employees inside, Chula Vista Police Battalion Chief Rob Nelson said.

The following footage was shot by 10News viewer Jeff Dunlap:

Though the red sedan ran over some display fixtures, it struck no structural-support elements of the building, according to Nelson.

"It was pretty impressive to see," he said.

The driver told emergency crews she could not remember how the crash had happened.