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Posted on Oct 2, 2015

Runaway pickup crashes into bank

Staff report
A runaway pickup last week crossed a parking lot before crashing into the east entrance of Washington Federal Bank in Quincy.
On Sept. 25, the driver of the runaway pickup had stepped outside the vehicle to use dumpsters in a gravel parking lot that’s adjacent to the bank’s property when the pickup started in motion, Quincy Police Chief Bob Heimbach said.
The moving pickup performed something of an act of marvel, rolling between two cars parked a space apart from one another as well as two trees. It then continued past the obstacles and missed another car parked outside the bank.
And nothing stopped the runaway vehicle.
“Well, yeah, the bank did,” Heimbach corrected.
The pickup crashed into the bank after traveling some 30 yards, the chief said. The accident happened at about 1:15 p.m.
Minor damages were reported to some of the parked vehicles as well as the bank; however, no estimate of damages was available on Tuesday.
The pickup’s driver, Bertha Madera, 53, of Quincy, was cited for operating a vehicle without insurance, Heimbach said. Madera is an employee of Washington Federal Bank.
No one was injured in the bank. Madera, who apparently tried to get back into the vehicle to stop it, was taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

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