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Toronto coffee shop turned from walk-in to drive-thru

01/23/2012 08:24 EST | Updated 03/24/2012 05:12 EDT

A traffic accident sent a Jeep crashing into a downtown coffee shop early Monday morning.

The accident — which happened just after 7 a.m. at the corner of University Avenue and Adelaide Street West — sent the vehicle about one metre into the shop, sending glass and metal flying.

There was only one customer inside the Second Cup at the time of the accident, along with the serving staff. No one was injured.

Second Cup employee Marilynn Nother was brewing coffee when the accident happened.

“I heard a screech. I had one customer sitting against the back wall. I screamed ‘duck!’ and I ducked at the same time.”

Two vehicles were involved in the collision — the Jeep and an SUV. According to police, one of the vehicles may have gone through a red light.

The accident also wiped out the traffic control box on the corner, knocking out the traffic lights, which added to the normal rush-hour traffic delays in the city's busy downtown core.

The male driver of the Jeep was taken away by Toronto EMS, although police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

Police also said the Jeep was wedged so tight into the coffee shop window it took tow trucks longer than normal to remove it.

Nother said it isn't the first time a car has crashed through the coffee shop. She told CBC News a similar accident happened two years ago.

“Fortunately at that time the coffee shop was closed,” she said. “But again it involved two cars and they crashed into that same window. It's a very, very dangerous corner.”

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