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SUV smashes through post office wall

No injuries were reported after a driver struck the U.S. Postal Service branch on Emerald Bay Road with an SUV Tuesday morning.

South Lake Tahoe police received a report of a vehicle into the building about 11 a.m. When authorities arrived, they found a Ford Explorer crashed into the south side of the post office.

The driver told police she was pulling into a parking space when the accelerator on the vehicle stuck, causing her to lurch forward and crash into the building, officer Donna Kingman said.

The driver also reported she was able to back the SUV out of the building, but then attempted to put the vehicle in neutral and mistakenly put it back into drive, causing it to run into the post office again, Kingman said.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. The incident is a civil issue and does not amount to a crime, Kingman said. Much of the southern wall of the building was damaged in the crash. The Explorer received major damage to its front end, Kingman said.

About 400 post office boxes were affected by the incident, said Postal Service spokesman David Rupert. Mail typically delivered to the boxes is secure and can be picked up at the front counter of the post office.

The branch will keep regular hours as the building is fixed, Rupert said. He did not have an immediate cost estimate for damages.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Feb 12, 2013 07:40PM Published Feb 12, 2013 07:38PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.