A man was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with minor injuries after he crashed into a real estate office on East Broadway in South Boston Saturdaymorning, according to officials.
At least one person was inside the Jack Conway & Co. Realtor’s office at the time of the crash but was not injured, according to Steve MacDonald, fire department spokesman.
Boston police officers and firefighters responded to the scene at 9:35 a.m.
MacDonald said the man was parked in the Rite Aid Pharmacy parking lot at 710 East Broadway when his car traveled across the street, over a guardrail, and into the real estate office.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, the driver was still inside the vehicle and he was conscious, said MacDonald.
Boston police were investigating the crash, according to Officer James Kenneally, a police spokesman, who said the car was moving in reverse when the accident happened.
After the driver was taken to the hospital, firefighters called the city’s Inspectional Services Department to determine if the vehicle could be removed without the building collapsing.
“The determination was made that we could safely remove the car,” said MacDonald.
Firefighters placed support beams in the damaged wall and a tow truck then removed the vehicle from the structure, leaving a hole about 15 by 10 feet, said MacDonald.
Mike Foley, a realty agent at Jack Conway & Co. Realtors, said he was inside the office when the crash occurred.
“All of a sudden, I heard this big bang, and the whole building shook,” he said.