Girard laundromat evacuated after 92-year-old driver crashes into building

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Officers said they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – People doing laundry inside a laundromat in Girard were forced to evacuate the building Wednesday after a car crashed head-on into the back wall.

It happened at Laundry Baskets on W. Broadway Avenue just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“I didn’t expect this, going through the building,” said Edward Crish, who was mowing the lawn at the laundromat at the time.

He was right by the startling crash.

“He went right through the building and pushed in the dryers,” Crish said.

According to a police report, 92-year-old Emmor Snyder was driving down an unnamed alley behind the business when his car went off the road and into the building.

The front end of his car went straight through the cinderblock wall.

There were customers inside the business at the time of the crash.

“When the vehicle struck, it did push a few of the gas dryers forward,” said Girard firefighter Jim Petruzzi. “Luckily, nobody was standing there at the time.”

The report says Snyder told officers he had just left the nearby ARC Club and didn’t know what happened, but he went into the building.

Officers said they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from him.

He was taken to the hospital to get checked out.

“He really put a jolt in the building,” Crish said.

Firefighters evacuated the building, turned off the appliances and helped customers get their laundry.

“Crews on duty were able to help the customers get their belongings and bring them outside so they could leave with them last night,” Petruzzi said.

Police said Snyder will be cited for failure to control with OVI charges pending.

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