MANSFIELD (CBS) – One person was sent to the hospital after a Hyundai SUV drove into Elements Massage on School Street on Monday, crashing into the reception area.

Fortunately, only two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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Officers responded to 330 School St. after receiving several 911 calls at 12:20 p.m. reporting that a car drove into a building.

“One of my managers was in the office and I had my front desk staff in the front,” Andrew Dudka, the owner of the business, said.

“We’re very fortunate. The car went all the way at a very high speed, I’m told by witnesses, all the way into the back of the front lobby and into another massage room. Luckily, all my clients were in their sessions, luckily not in that room but in other rooms,” Dudka said.

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One person was sent to the hospital after a Hyundai drove into Elements Massage on School Street in Mansfield. (Photo: Mansfield Police Department)

The receptionist’s desk was destroyed and the receptionist was thrown against the wall.

Other stores affected by the crash include Hilliard’s and Right Foot Shoes.

“We thought either an earthquake or a bomb went off. Honestly, we didn’t know what to think, we just ran outside. Honestly, for as bad as it was, it wasn’t bad, it was really good,” Brittany Kenyon, a Hilliard’s Chocolates employee, said.

The woman driving the SUV mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brakes. She was not injured.

Comments
  1. Trevor Frith says:

    Another right foot pedal error, part of the right foot braking epidemic. But let’s make sure we blame the driver, especially if they are a women or old (over 40!). Never blame the guys in charge of driver legislation and training who set the driver up to fail. They forced this driver to brake an automatic transmission vehicle with only the right foot. They did this knowing they had 0 Scientific Justification and that right foot braking is too complicated and difficult to mentally maintain with age, inefficient (poor stopping distance) and dangerous (subject to right foot pedal error) compared to the simpler and safer (But girly!) left foot braking method. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058and 812 431 (spaces required). NHTSA refuses to use the term “right foot pedal errors” but instead calls it “pedal misapplication” and always blames the drivers for not being experts. Score to date, 150,000 dead (7 Every Day), millions injured, and billions in costs. The price male drivers, both in and out of government, are prepared to pay to maintain their systemic belief in a braking method based on the scientific foundation of, “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about which braking method is safer but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods and continue to produce misinformation about other proposed braking methods. Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake?

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