UPDATE: Car Crashes Into Melrose Rite-Aid, Three Employees Injured

The driver and one pharmacy employee were taken to the hospital after the car crashed through the brick wall near the store's front counters.

Editor's note: This article was updated at 4:42 p.m.

A car driven by an elderly Everett man crashed through the wall of the in Melrose on Tuesday afternoon, injuring three pharmacy employees.

Melrose Police received a call about the crash at 1:43 p.m., according to Melrose Police Lt. Mark DeCroteau. Through the hole, pedestrians could see a counter inside the store just on the other side of the wall.

The 76-year-old man was driving a 2005 Toyota four-door sedan, DeCroteau said, which when it struck the building, "the front end went into the area at the cash register counters that run along the front of the store."

One female employee was struck with "several pieces of debris from not only from the wall, but the store counters," DeCroteau said. She was extricated by the Melrose Fire Department and transported to the hospital with injuries, as was the driver.

DeCroteau did not have a listing of the driver's or employee's condition according to the hospital; responding ambulance had planned to take each of them to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, but DeCroteau said one ambulance may have gone to Winchester Hospital due to the call load at Melrose-Wakefield.

Two other female employees also near the front counters at the time of the crash were treated on scene for minor injuries, DeCroteau said, who did not have exact ages of the employees.

"The crash, its cause and any charges that would be filled are still a matter of investigation at this time," he said.

By 2:40 p.m., the car was gone and on scene said that officers in charge of the scene had already left. Kids gathered around the hole, holding up their cell phones and taking photos, as did one Rite Aid employee. Yellow tape closed off the entrance to the pharmacy.


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