Three vehicles swerved into the Anthropologie clothing store at 999 Alma St. in downtown Palo Alto Friday morning (Nov. 4) shortly after 8 a.m., startling two managers who were preparing to open the store, a manager said.
The vehicles were traveling northbound on Alma and narrowly missed striking the store's wooden front door.
One of the vehicles exited Alma Street, mounted the planting strip and sidewalk on the southeast corner of Addison Avenue and drove across the street and up the sidewalk in front of the store, hitting a retaining wall and planter in front of the building to the right of the door.
A second car appeared to cross just to the north of the first car, went across the Addison intersection and struck a wooden bench and the building facade just to the left of the door.
It is unknown at this time what happened to the third car.
Police and fire personnel were called on scene but few details have been released, pending written reports.
One man was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, said Geo Blackshire, acting deputy chief of operations for the Palo Alto Fire Department.
The injured driver's car airbags were deployed and probably saved his life, Blackshire said. Airbags are set to expand at impacts of 25 mph, he said.
The store managers, who were cleaning up debris but wanted to remain anonymous, said they were in the building when the crash occurred. No one appeared to be injured, they said.
"It's been a long morning," one of the women said.