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Car crashes through store window in Manchester

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Car smashes into building on Main Street in Manchester. (iWitness photo) Car smashes into building on Main Street in Manchester. (iWitness photo)
A vehicle crashed into a store in Manchester on Thursday. (Patricia Cushman) A vehicle crashed into a store in Manchester on Thursday. (Patricia Cushman)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

Store owners in Manchester were cleaning up a big mess on Thursday afternoon, after a car smashed right through their front window. 

The two-car crash occurred at the building that houses Farr's Sporting Goods on Main Street around 8 a.m.

Police said two cars were traveling down Main Street when the car in the left lane changed into the right lane. Police said one car hit the car in the right lane sending that driver out of control. 

That vehicle swerved into a utility pole and then landed in the front of the building on Main Street. That car ended up inside the small Caribbean fabric store called Naa Addy Enterprises.

The store was not open at the time of the crash, so nobody was inside the store.

"Oh my God! What am I going to do," Naa Addy Enterprises co-owner Mercy Mensah said, reacting to the damage left by the crash.

The crash happened right near the area where co-owner David Mensah sits each day. 

Some of the merchandise in the store was damaged, but most of the mess, is what used to be the big glass front window.

"Nothing like this has ever happened and we've been pretty fortunate," building owner Lisa Banning said.

Banning's family has run Farr's Sporting Goods for 61 years. They own the building and she wasted no time calling the insurance and glass companies on Thursday.

Banning said she's relieved the crash wasn't worse, but any damage like this is tough on a family business.

"Trying to stay in business and keeping things running, it's not easy these days," Banning said.

Both stores will be open on Thursday, despite the cleanup at Naa Addy Enterprises.

"Another set back, but we can work through it and hopefully everything will be OK," Mercy Mensah said. 

Police told Eyewitness News the woman driving that car that landed in the building was three months pregnant and went to the hospital to get checked out. Police said she is expected to be OK.

Police said the driver of the other car was cited for an improper lane change.

The cause of crash is under investigation. 

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