There was big activity in Montclair Village this morning, when a car crashed into the Chase Bank branch at La Salle and Mountain. Luckily no one was injured, but the front entrance and door are undergoing surgery and the branch remains closed until repairs are finished.
An elderly woman was about to park in front of the bank, but she drove a bit too far. According to an eyewitness, she had been driving rather slowly, turned into the spot and hit the gas rather than brake pedal. We saw her getting attention from Oakland police and medics, and she seemed shocked but none the worse for wear.
When the crash happened, there was another person using the ATM machine to the right of the entry. Again the gods were kind and this person was spared completely. The ATM machine looks unscathed, although it’s not working right now.
The door was completely wrecked and bent out, and there’s glass getting cleaned up everywhere. The front entrance consists of a glass door as well as glass panels right, left and overhead. The workmen need to replace the glass, door and all-important locks…this being a bank and all.
What a mess. We figure you need to go to the Chase branch at Broadway and Pleasant Valley, if you bank there. Also think ahead and hit up another ATM, at least for the time being.
Reporting from center city, this is MontclairOak – over and out.