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Man, 79, crashes into Buzzards Bay post office; hits gas instead of brake

A car crashed into a Buzzards Bay post office.
A car crashed into a Buzzards Bay post office.(Bourne Police Department)

A car crashed into a post office in Buzzards Bay Monday afternoon for the second time this year, police said.

Firefighters and police responded to the post office at 220 Main St. around 12:40 p.m. to find a red convertible halfway through the front wall of the building, Bourne police said in a statement.

A 79-year-old Bourne man had allegedly driven the car into the post office lobby accidentally when he tried to pull into a parking spot outside the building, police said.

The car “had jumped the sidewalk curb in front of the building traveling through the front wall into the lobby. No customers were inside the lobby at the time of the crash, and [post office] workers were safe behind the counter,” police said.

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The driver was evaluated by paramedics, but he was not injured, police said.

He was charged with operating to endanger, and police reported him to the Registry of Motor Vehicles as an immediate threat, police said.

“It was a case of somebody hitting the gas instead of the brake,” said Bourne Police Sergeant James Czyryca.

Another car crashed into the same post office wall in January for the same reason. That driver was injured after she drove her station wagon entirely into the building. A customer was hit with debris, but refused to be taken to the hospital, police said.

The fact that two cars crashed into the same building in one year is just a coincidence, Czyryca said.

Czyryca did not have a damage estimate for the post office on the latest crash.


Andres Picon can be reached at andres.picon@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon.