Van crashes through fence metres away from Tim Horton's drive-thru

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Renfrew -- For a brief time it appeared there was a new third exit in addition to the two drive-thru exits at a Tim Horton’s location in Renfrew after a woman driving a minivan broke through a wooden fence only a few meters away from the busy laneway.

Luckily, the unidentified woman was not injured in the incident, but it did leave witnesses and drive-thru customers wondering if she was overcome with excitement with the re-opening of the busy location after it was closed for five days.

On Saturday, March 27, the Renfrew County and District Health Unit announced a staff member at one of the two Tim Horton’s outlets in Renfrew had tested positive for COVID-19. The franchise owner voluntarily closed both establishments in order to undergo a deep cleaning and for staff to be tested and monitor for any symptoms.

When they reopened last Thursday, the lanes were filled with excited customers who were happy to order their beloved coffee. However, as they sat in the long lineup they could only watch in disbelief as a Toyota minivan drove straight into a wooden fence less than 10 meters from the drive-thru exit.

The accident happened around four o’clock in the afternoon and the woman was able to exit the vehicle on her own.

The drive-thru lanes at the Stewart Street location merge with a Wendy’s drive-thru lane in the busy parking lot. When an OPP constable arrived on the scene, he requested video footage from the Wendy’s outlet in order to determine exactly what happened.

A temporary wooden barrier was placed in the large open space where the fence was located until a replacement is built. No charges were laid.

Bruce McIntyre, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader