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Cars Twice Crash Into Hinsdale Piano Store

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HINSDALE, Ill (STMW) – The employees at Steinway Piano Gallery in west suburban Hinsdale hope March will be a little quieter than last month. Not in terms of sales, just traffic.

Within a few days, two cars crashed into their business on the northwest corner of Washington and Second streets.

“It was very fortunate no one was injured,” the store manager Diane Duncan said. So to explain the boarded up front door, “we’re saying that people are barreling down our doors to buy pianos.”

The first accident occurred on Feb. 21, Duncan said.

“There was this loud bang and I looked up and saw a little red car on the sidewalk,” she said.

A Honda Civic had jumped the curb on Washington and hit the building. The driver said his car malfunctioned, Duncan reported.

“He was shook up,” she said. “A little chunk of concrete fell off the facade. It wasn’t a lot of damage to us, it was more to his car.”

Then two days later, I’m sitting at my desk with a customer and there’s a huge crash. A car came right through our front door.”

Instead of stopping, a Lexus crashed through the glass door and slid several feet into the store, Duncan said. The driver was mortified, Duncan said.

“My desk is 20 to 25 feet from the door,” she said. “Fortunately, nobody was standing in front of the door and there were no pedestrians on the sidewalk. None of the pianos were harmed either.”

So though the door is boarded up, Duncan wants people to know Steinway Piano is open for business, just not drive-through business.

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