At around 7pm last night, an elderly driver crashed into the underground garage entrance of the Whole Foods at 2323 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Details are still emerging as to what caused the accident, but The Examiner reports that the elderly woman driving the car had minor injuries, there were no other injuries reported and that the building structure suffered minor damages.
According to an eyewitness report, who was in the Whole Foods by the meat counter, there was a loud collision-like noise and a rumble from the impact. Immediately, a Whole Foods employee came running up the garage stairwell, yelling for the entire store to clear out and customers began heading (in a somewhat civil manner) to the Wisconsin Avenue exit.
When I interviewed a Whole Foods’ employee, who was a witness to the accident, they said the elderly driver had been coming down the garage entrance and had sped directly into the wall. The employee speculated that perhaps the driver had stepped on the gas instead of the brake. From the picture I took from the top of the garage ramp (which is as good as I could get from my pauper cell phone,) the entire front of the driver’s car was smashed in, indicating to me, that the car was going very fast at the time of impact. That no one was seriously injured in the accident is a great fortuity considering the amount of Whole Foods’ employees and customers present at this high volume shopping time.
As the accident occurred at the entrance/exit to the garage, employee and customer cars were trapped in the parking lot overnight. Should your car be in the lot, Whole Foods is asking that you contact the Georgetown store at 202.333.5393.
As of 8:45am this morning, the Georgetown Whole Foods is reopened for business. However, if you plan on driving, garage parking is not available, so Whole Foods recommends using the P Street or Tenleytown locations instead.