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Car crashes through gas station narrowly missing customers inside

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Several customers at a local convenience store had to dive out of the way early Friday morning when a car crashed through the front window.

"It sounded like a bomb going off." said Andrew Thompson, a student at UNC-Charlotte.  "I saw a car going through the gas station."

Thompson was among several people who found themselves running out of the way as a sedan plowed backwards into the 7/11 around 3:30am along North Tryon Street at Mallard Creek Church Road.

"When I looked back, a car had gone through the gas station doors, and knocked over three shelves.  Then a guy jumped out of the car, and started freaking out."

Charlotte-Mecklemburg police have seen situations like this before, where a driver plows through a building, but in this case, there was no driver.

The CMPD said the person behind the wheel had backed into a parking space in the front of the store, and had gone inside to get something to drink.

For some reason, the male passenger in the next seat decided to move the car, by leaning over and putting it into gear.

The sedan lurched out of control, and smashed into the building.

"I've YouTubed a lot of cars going through stores, but I never thought I'd see it in person." said Trey Williams who saw the accident from the outside.

"It was a pretty crazy incident."

No one was hurt, including the man in the car.  He was taken to the hospital by Medics to get checked out, but officials say it's simply precautionary.

As for the now gaping hole in the front of the store, that will have to be repaired.

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