A stuck accelerator is being blamed for causing a van to hit two parked cars before crashing into the Frontier Communications building, 56 South Main St., about 12:05 p.m. Tuesday.
No one was seriously hurt in the crash, which closed the intersection of East College and South Main streets for about an hour. A police report was unavailable Tuesday afternoon.
However, police spokesman Lt. Mike McCloskey said Ray Gidich Heating & Air Conditioning van driver David Bowen was backing north out of a diagonal space when the van accelerator is believed to have stuck.
Bowen allegedly struck a parked Honda and Ford, causing the cars to knock over a light pole.
McCloskey said Bowen “panicked” and shifted the 2007 Ford van into drive. Bowen drove several feet south before veering right, hopping the curb and striking the front of the building.
Bowen was treated for minor injuries and released from Mercy Allen Hospital. Bowen, 71, of Homerville, is expected to be charged with failure to control, McCloskey said.
Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Oberlin News-Tribune Three cars are caught up in a crash just outside the News-Tribune office. The sound of the impact rattled our teeth and sent us running with a camera.