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‘Someone would have been very badly hurt:’ collision pushes van into Halifax business


HALIFAX - After a van was launched into the front windows of a card store on Quinpool Road Saturday night, the owner says he’s very glad they closed up early.

At 9:38 p.m., Halifax Regional Police say a BMW travelling west at a high speed tried to pass another car on the inside lane, striking two parked cars and sending the van into The Deck Box at 6299 Quinpool Road.

“We felt very lucky that we weren’t there,” said Joshua Carter on Sunday, who owns the store with his wife Rachel.

Carter said they had decided to close up the collectible card game store, which focuses on Magic, Pokemon, YuGiOh and has a gaming space, about a half hour earlier than usual.

Clients are often lingering by the front windows looking at cards and talking with staff, Carter added.

“Someone would have been very badly hurt if we had in fact been open,” he said.

The BMW came to stop on the sidewalk and four men fled on foot from the car, according to a police release.

There were no reported injuries, and an investigation is ongoing.

There was damage to all three cars, the release said, and Carter said the damage to the font end of their store is also “fairly extensive.”

Carter said they’ve been finding glass shards all the way to the back of the store, and he has one photo showing a large piece of glass embedded in a table which he said illustrates the “quite a bit of force” the crash had.

Luckily the interior of the store and most products look fine, Carter said, and planned to install a temporary door on Monday while they plan repairs over the next few weeks.

“It’s unfortunate that it happened, but at the end of the day it’s just stuff. That’s what insurance is for,” he said.

Although the store has only been open since September, Carter said they have been doing well in their space and have a very dedicated clientele who have been reaching out to help since the collision.

At 9:38 p.m., Halifax Regional Police say a BMW travelling west at a high speed tried to pass another car on the inside lane, striking two parked cars and sending the van into The Deck Box at 6299 Quinpool Road.

“We felt very lucky that we weren’t there,” said Joshua Carter on Sunday, who owns the store with his wife Rachel.

Carter said they had decided to close up the collectible card game store, which focuses on Magic, Pokemon, YuGiOh and has a gaming space, about a half hour earlier than usual.

Clients are often lingering by the front windows looking at cards and talking with staff, Carter added.

“Someone would have been very badly hurt if we had in fact been open,” he said.

The BMW came to stop on the sidewalk and four men fled on foot from the car, according to a police release.

There were no reported injuries, and an investigation is ongoing.

There was damage to all three cars, the release said, and Carter said the damage to the font end of their store is also “fairly extensive.”

Carter said they’ve been finding glass shards all the way to the back of the store, and he has one photo showing a large piece of glass embedded in a table which he said illustrates the “quite a bit of force” the crash had.

Luckily the interior of the store and most products look fine, Carter said, and planned to install a temporary door on Monday while they plan repairs over the next few weeks.

“It’s unfortunate that it happened, but at the end of the day it’s just stuff. That’s what insurance is for,” he said.

Although the store has only been open since September, Carter said they have been doing well in their space and have a very dedicated clientele who have been reaching out to help since the collision.

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