3 injured when truck plows into bank

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Three people were hurt Tuesday when a pickup truck crashed into a bank at a South Bay strip mall.

The vehicle smashed into the Chase bank branch office in the 1100 block of Broadway in Chula Vista shortly after 11:30 a.m., causing major structural damage, according to police.

Irene Archuleta was withdrawing cash from the ATM when she was nearly taken out by the driver of a Dodge Ram truck.

"All of a sudden I saw women running away from where I was standing and then a loud boom," said Archuleta. “I didn’t know what it was at first, but then I look to my right and there is a truck halfway to the bank.”

She suffered glass shards to her chest but was otherwise unharmed.

An elderly man inside the bank was injured and transported to the hospital as well as two bank employees who were thrown from their desks form the impact of the crash.

Joshua Hernandez works across the parking lot at Costco and ran over to help.

“People were yelling and screaming," said Hernandez.  "People were crying.”

Hernandez said when he arrived, the driver was trying to pull back out of the kiosk area and he found the elderly man injured inside the ATM kiosk.

“It was very scary.  First thing I thought about was that somebody died," said Hernandez.  "But I also thought thank God nobody died because it could’ve been bad.”

The driver told police he accidentally hit the gas.  He was not cited nor seriously injured.

There were no indications that he was intoxicated, Lt. Chris Kelley said.

The bank will remain closed until Saturday following the Thanksgiving holiday.

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