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Truck crashes through window of Westside Starbucks

October 13, 2010 |  9:54 am

Coffee-drinkers in line for lattes at one Los Angeles Starbucks got quite a jolt Wednesday morning when a truck crashed through the front window.

Nobody was hurt in the accident, which happened just after 7 a.m. at the corner of Pico and Robertson boulevards. But customers were shaken.

Starbucks shift manager Daniel Erde was in a back room when he heard an ear-splitting screech and then a burst of shattering glass.

“I came out and there was a truck in the lobby,” Erde said. “People were screaming and on the ground, and the truck was smoking and I could smell gas.”

Erde said a man standing by the window managed to dive out of the way when he saw the truck coming toward him. Another customer, an older man, usually sits and sips his coffee by the window until about 8 a.m. But the man left early Wednesday, for some reason, Erde said.

Starbucks employees ushered customers outside and gave them water. Police and paramedics went to the scene, but nobody was treated for injuries, Erde said.

He said the truck’s driver told him he had been traveling north on Pico when his truck hit a vehicle trying to cross the intersection at a red light. The impact of the crash sent his truck spinning toward the Starbucks, the driver said.

-- Kate Linthicum

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