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Runaway Car Crashes Into Haddon Twp. McDonald's

The sedan first drove through a brick wall before reversing into the Cuthbert Blvd. McDonald's entry vestibule on Cuthbert Boulevard Sunday night.

Update, 4:45 p.m., Jan. 28: The driver, an Audubon woman, was charged in the crash. Read more at 'Runaway Car' Driver Charged with DUI in McDonald's Crash.

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Haddon Township fire and police crews rushed to the Cuthbert Boulevard McDonald's Sunday after a car slammed into the building.

The car appeared to first drive into the brick wall enclosing the Dumpsters before reversing on a diagonal into the fast food restaurant. The car hit the building's entry vestibule, which suffered obvious structural damage, with bricks loose and cracks in the walls. The car didn't go into the actual restaurant.

A large crew of firefighters stood at the scene as police took photos. Westmont Fire Company Chief John Medes didn't have information available immediately on the details of the crash. The driver had already been removed from the scene.

The accident occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m.

The crash brought to mind the 2002 Mt. Ephraim McDonald's crash, in which Frank Nastasi Sr. deliberately plowed his car through the restaurant on a suicide mission. He lived, but killed three women inside. 

Stephanie Andrews, who has worked at the Haddon Township McDonald's for three years, immediately thought of that case when she rushed to the restaurant Sunday. She was scheduled to work Sunday night, but got a call instead telling her not to come in.

"I had to come down here. They made it sound really bad," she said, standing on the grassy strip between McDonald's and Wendy's. "It's not as bad as that and I'm just glad this wasn't worse."

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Maryann Campling January 28, 2013 at 01:58 AM
"....would you like fries with that?" So what do you think, folks.....booze, drugs or texting?
Adam R January 28, 2013 at 02:08 AM
GPS malfunction?
mark parker January 28, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Looks like the work of a senior citizen.
Aaron Kuhn January 28, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Yikes. If you know this parking lot at all, that's clearly not an accident. Nor does it seem like an intentional attempt to damage the building because why would you run into the dumpster area first? Chalking this one up to drugs/drinking/medication.
Michelle Clifford Colwell January 28, 2013 at 03:00 AM
This is what I call a McMESS!
Jordan Daleo January 28, 2013 at 03:49 AM
I saw the aftermath. It takes skill to do what they did.
Aaron Kuhn January 28, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Ok I take back the drug/drunk/medication guess. What in the heck ... Glad she sounds ok (for the most part!)
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 06:56 AM
Depending on the model year, Toyotas have been known to have some of these problems: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_22265234/toyotas-acceleration-defect-settlement-over-1-billion
Maryann Campling January 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Equipment malfunction....not a good thing. I am sure the lawyers are crawling out of the woodwork, and am glad no one was seriously hurt....could have been one hot mess.
Jeremiah Wright January 28, 2013 at 08:26 PM
"All I wanted was a cheeseburger." LOL
Laurie Klootwijk January 29, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Looks like you were right, Aaron. That was all I could think of last night as well. If it were car malfunction, I doubt she could have changed gears like that.
Gabe Fletcher January 30, 2013 at 07:18 AM
Apple Maps.
Gabe Fletcher January 30, 2013 at 07:19 AM
She just really wanted a McRib.
Mary Shura February 10, 2013 at 05:56 PM
I have had lunch there before in the past.

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