BURNSVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) – At least two people were injured Tuesday afternoon when a car lost control and crashed into the front of the Byerly’s Grocery Store in Burnsville, authorities said.

Burnsville Police and Fire squads responded to the accident at about 4:34 p.m. The grocery store, which also has a restaurant attached, is located on the 400 block of East County Road 42.

Police said an elderly woman was driving a red Honda CR-Z lost control and went on to a sidewalk, hit several pieces of patio furniture and eventually crashed into the front of the building, shattering glass and causing some damage.

The elderly woman and a customer inside the restaurant portion of the store suffered minor injuries, but neither was transported to the hospital.

Authorities said the building was structurally sound after the accident and business continued as normal. What exactly caused the elderly woman to lose control of her car is still under investigation.

Comments (15)
  1. Dave says:

    Was it Nancy Pelosi on her way home to Cali?

    1. Kelly says:

      No, No, No….it was Michelle Bachmann. She drives like she talks, with both thumbs up her a- -!

  2. Jake says:

    No, but it looks like this elderly woman just bought a brand new car,
    but didn’t have a clue as to how to drive it. The state should pull her
    license until she can PROVE that she is safe behind the wheel.

  3. Pate says:

    I wonder why news writers always state that the CAR lost control? Last time I checked ,cars aren’t capable of losing control,although people are.Thankfully the woman behind the wheel and the individual inside the store were not seriously injured or killed.And,yes,I think the woman’s driving capability should be reevaluated following a glaring error like this,for the safety of all.

  4. Redneck Purist says:

    Those new Hondas are always losing control. Kind of like the Toyotas that were accelerating all by themselves (only it turns out they weren’t but never mind). Anyhow, now we need to beware of the Hondas that are losing control of themselves. I hope the Grand Cherokees aren’t next.

    1. Huxley says:

      Grand Cherokees? That’s a Chrysler product. You’d be lucky if it even started.

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  5. bystander says:

    I was working within walking distance when the incident happened and went to go see what happened. There were A LOT of response vehicles there. The elderly driver was unharmed enough to walk herself to the ambulance. As a grand daughter, I do pity the elderly who put themselves behind the wheel even though it is not safe, just because they have no one else who can get their groceries or are to stubborn to accept that they are to old to be behind the wheel. The scariest part is the condition of the patio furniture… luckily no one was eating there at the time. Perhaps she and other elderly will be more likely to consider grocery delivery after this. Delivery charges are cheaper than her deductible will be.

    1. Randy says:

      Give the elderly a break! Just because they get in more accidents than teenagers it’s not their fault. You shouldn’t pick on them because their response time is similar to mine after I drink a 6 pack of beer. I bet it was the Honda trying to reach peak mpg.

  6. Mike says:

    Must’ve been one of my coworkers. They’re all irresponsible enough that they’d do something like this.

  7. Darren says:

    She was drunk and coming home from the bar, we all know everyone in the state of Minnesota is a drunk driver. They say that the statistics of crashes prove it. So she must have been drunk.

  8. laupforod says:

    an inexperienced person should NEVER get behind the wheel of a car more powerfull then they are used to or capable of handling. just like you dont let a teenager drive a high performance car as their first car

  9. Diane K says:

    This was a high performance car? yah right!

  10. Common Sense says:

    Was it the car that lost control… or the little old lady?

  11. Lookout...I CAN"T DRIVE THIS CAR says:

    Great advertising for WALSER – Sell new car to old lady – don’t worry if they can’t drive it. Hey WALSER Salesman – How many hours ago did you make the sell before she drove it into the store? “Now which peddle was the brake again?? These new fangled cars are a lot different from my last lousy American made Buick I traded in!!”

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