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Crash punches hole through Woodbury bakery

A large hole was left in the building after a minivan crashed into Dorothy Ann Bakery on Saturday, March 16. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

More than 20 customers narrowly escaped injury Saturday after a minivan slammed through the façade of Dorothy Ann Bakery.

Steve Conway, who owns the bakery with his wife Joan, was there at the time of the crash. He said a customer was backing into a parking spot when he accidentally stepped on the minivan's accelerator instead of the brake.

"It basically burst into the building," Conway said of the crash, which occurred at about 11:15 a.m..

The impact sent the vehicle into an area of the building that was playing host to a wedding cake tasting event, with about 20-25 people standing there, he said. Conway said he was just a couple feet from the impact area.

"Fortunately there were no injuries that we're aware of," he said, adding that there were a total of about 50 people inside the business at the time. "We're fortunate."

The bakery remains open for business, with a plywood fixture now sealing up the hole. Conway said he expects repairs to be completed in a couple months.

Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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