6 injured after truck plows into bank in Fresno's River Park

Fresno police say a woman in her 70s intended to park her car but accidentally accelerated, crashing into the building.

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Thursday, August 18, 2022
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Six people were injured after a truck crashed into the Chase Bank in River Park on Wednesday.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Six people were injured after a truck crashed into the Chase Bank in River Park on Wednesday.

It happened at the location on Blackstone and Nees around 10:30 am.

Fresno police say a woman in her 70s was driving the Chevy Silverado with her husband in the passenger seat when she pulled into a parking spot for people with disabilities.

But instead of putting it in 'park', investigators say she accidentally accelerated, plowing through the front of the bank.

Three of the victims were taken to the hospital, including one woman who was hit by the truck.

Mari Chen and her dad had just left the bank, gone to Macy's, and then arrived back out to the sight of shattered glass and mangled metal in front of the bank.

"Oh my goodness, that's where my dad was literally sitting not that long ago... so thank god!" she said.

They are reminding drivers to be cautious.

"We'd like to remind the community, of course, to be aware of not only of their surroundings but be aware of the vehicles that they are driving - be aware of how the vehicle functions, where the brakes are, where the accelerator and where the gas is but at this point it does appear to be an unfortunate accident," said Diana Trueba Vega with Fresno police.

We also reached out to Chase Bank's corporate office, but have not heard back.

Authorities say the bank will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.