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Car accident closes McDonald’s in Riverdale Park

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Posted on: September 2, 2015

BY REBECCA BENNETT — Updated Oct. 5 at 12:07 p.m.  According to the Riverdale Park Police Department (RPPD), a car crashed into the side of the McDonald’s at the corner of East West Highway and Baltimore Avenue.  As of Sept. 2, the restaurant is still closed as a result of damages incurred.

Photo courtesy the Riverdale Park Police Department.
Photo courtesy the Riverdale Park Police Department.

Police said they received a call at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 for a car into the side of the building.  The investigation revealed, according to police, a Toyota Corolla was turning right from eastbound East West Highway onto Baltimore Avenue when it was struck by a Ford pick-up truck.  Police said the Corolla failed to yield to the right of way of the pick-up truck, which was then pushed up onto the sidewalk. It’s most likely that the driver hit the gas instead of the brake, leading to the collision with the McDonald’s, they said.

Authorities said there were no injuries in the incident.  The driver of the Corolla was charged with multiple traffic violations.

Photo courtesy the Riverdale Park Police Department.
Photo courtesy the Riverdale Park Police Department.

The McDonald’s drive-thru incurred structural and cosmetic damage, RPPD said, and that the fire department determined the restaurant should not re-open until it had be repaired and inspected.

According to the McDonald’s website, the location is an independent franchise. The restaurant has since reopened.

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