SUV Crashes Into Eastern Bank
Police investigating what caused the vehicle to slam into Main Street bank on Wednesday afternoon.
Police are investigating what caused an SUV to drive into the front of a Main Street bank on Wednesday afternoon, though no injuries occurred during the incident.
The Wilmington Fire Department received a call around 12:30 p.m. for a vehicle that had driven into the front of Eastern Bank at 370 Main Street. There was visible damage done to the building as the impact shattered glass and left brick and wood panels out of place.
But Deputy Fire Chief John Brown said there were no injuries to the driver, and the structural integrity of the building avoided serious damage.
“The main structural beams did their job and held the building together,” said Brown. “If the location had been different it could have been worse with people walking about. But everything worked out OK in this case.”
Following the crash, the bank was briefly closed as police and fire personnel called in the Building Inspector. But after receiving the clearance that the bank suffered no structural damage, the bank was reopened, the vehicle was towed from the scene and the hole where the car has been was marked off with police tape.
There is about 15-20 feet between where the sidewalk begins and where the vehicle struck, but Brown said it remains unclear what caused the collision.
“The driver was uninjured and we determined there was no structural damage, so our job is done,” said Brown. “The police are looking into the cause.”