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  • Driver crashes into Medford Center Rite Aid

  • A woman drove her car into the front of the Medford Center Rite Aid in Medford late this morning, punching a hole in one of the store's panels and sending broken glass and debris into the interior.
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  • A woman drove her car into the front of the Medford Center Rite Aid in Medford late this morning, punching a hole in one of the store's panels and sending broken glass and debris into the interior.
    Medford Fire-Rescue officials said Annette Tomat, 76, of Medford had been pulling into the parking area in front of the store, 981 Medford Center, at 11:36 a.m. when her vehicle began to accelerate for an unknown reason. The sedan traveled up onto the curb, plowed through some flowers and plants displayed outside the store and drove partway into the building.
    No shoppers or employees were hurt in the collision, nor was the driver, fire officials said. The collision damaged a section of the building and broke some windows. The car has since been pulled away from the building, and the damaged area has been cordoned off to shoppers. The store remains open.
    "People were still coming in and out of the store. It was just that one little area," said Medford Fire-Rescue battalion chief Ron Nelson.
    Damage estimates and whether Tomat was cited weren't immediately available.
    — Ryan Pfeil
    Correction: This version includes the woman's name, her correct age and the correct address for Rite Aid.
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