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Car runs into Plainview dry cleaner

A car went out of control and crashed

A car went out of control and crashed into One Price Dry Cleaners, on Old County Road and Plainview Road in Plainview, on Wednesday morning. An employee in the store reportedly was injured; the driver also suffered minor injuries. (Dec. 22, 2010) Photo by Kevin Imm Photo Credit: Photo by Kevin Imm

A woman accidentally drove her car into a dry-cleaning business in Plainview on Wednesday morning, crashing through the front of the building and narrowly missing an employee, police said.

The employee was bruised, owner Paul McHugh said. "She's lucky, all things considered," he said. "We're grateful she's fine . . . We're all grateful."

The crash was at 9:08 a.m. at One Price Dry Cleaners near the corner of Old Country and Plainview roads. McHugh said he got a call from the employee, whom he declined to name, minutes after the crash.

"When I answered the phone, she was already crying," McHugh said. "She said: 'A car went through the front of the store. I'm hurt. You've got to get over here.' "

The woman was taken to Plainview Hospital, where McHugh said she was treated and released.

The driver also was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Nassau County police said the driver, who was not identified, was not charged. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

McHugh said his tailor usually sat just inside the plate-glass window - directly in the path of the wayward auto - but was late Wednesday.

"He usually would start at 10 a.m., but with the holidays, he was starting at 9 o'clock - and he just happened to be late today," he said.

He said the car crashed into a small counter area where the woman worked.

"The counter was between her and the car, and it probably saved her life," he said.

McHugh said crews were making emergency repairs Wednesday afternoon, trying to fix the facade.

He said he has been in business about 20 years and has 15 stores in the chain, and he had never seen anything like it.

"Sometimes you pick up Newsday and you see a picture like this and you say, 'How did that happen?' " McHugh said. "But you never think it'll be you . . . We're just grateful."

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