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Woman crashes into Taco Bell

An 85-year-old woman gave new meaning to the word "drive through" Saturday after she drove into a Taco Bell fast food restaurant.

Two customers at the Taco Bell at the corner of Hall Boulevard and Scholls Ferry Road sustained minor injuries after the 85-year-old woman's car drove over the sidewalk and into the building, shattering a large window just after 3:30 p.m..

Police and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel responded within minutes.

"Paramedics treated a 46-year-old female and 54-year-old female for cuts and lacerations received from shards of flying glass," said Karen Eubanks, fire district spokesman. "Firefighters also took precautionary measures to protect the patients' spine and neck, before being transported to the hospital by Metro West Ambulance."

The driver was not injured.

The crash came just minutes after the driver reportedly got into a smaller car crash a few yards away.

The woman was driving southwest on Scholls Ferry Road and stopped at a traffic signal at Southwest Hall Boulevard. After stopping too far into the intersection, the woman reportedly crashed into the car behind her as she backed up.

The fender-bender resulted in no injuries. But as the two drivers pulled into the Taco Bell parking lot to exchange information the woman somehow drove through the building, Beaverton police said.

According to police, the woman wasn't sure if she had accidently hit the gas rather than the brake or if there was a mechanical malfunction that caused the car to speed up.

No citations have been issued. The case is currently being investigated by the Beaverton Police Department.

Eubanks said the car drove into the building more than 1 foot, shattering a large glass window and damaging its structural integrity.

TVF&R's Technical Rescue Team, based in Tigard, responded to the scene to assess a large, overhead structural beam that was damaged in the collision.

The building remains closed until its structural integritycan be addressed.