Several injured after driver accidentally crashes 50 feet into Castro Valley Trader Joe's, CHP says

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Friday, September 16, 2022
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At least four people including a child were taken to area hospitals after a car crashed through a Trader Joe's store in unincorporated Castro Valley.

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. -- At least four people including a child were taken to area hospitals after a car crashed through a Trader Joe's store in unincorporated Castro Valley Thursday afternoon, California Highway Patrol officials said.

A 2005 Toyota Avalon went 50 feet inside the store, located at Redwood Road and Grove Way, at about 3:45 p.m.

"It went pretty far (inside)," said Alameda County sheriff's spokesperson Lt. Ray Kelly.

Authorities do not believe the driver intentionally drove into the store nor do they think drugs or alcohol played a role, CHP Officer Dan Jacowitz said.

The driver was an elderly person who was in the parking lot and accelerated into the front of the store where cashiers were tending to customers, Kelly and Jacowitz said.

Four to six people were hit by either the car, debris or other objects. All of the injuries were minor or moderate, Jacowitz said.

The driver is cooperating with authorities, Jacowitz said.

There are no further details at this time.

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