SOMERVILLE, NJ - Work crews were busy indoors and outside of the YMCA Thursday cleaning up and making repairs one day after an SUV crashed through the wall of the building, stopping a few feet short of plunging into the indoor pool.
J.F. Sutphen & Sons Masonary workers were working outdoors framing a temporary wall with sheathing before installing concrete blocks inside the temporary protective structure; the local company also helped install a new wall in 2012 at the Y following a similar incident.
An aqua aerobics class on Wednesday had just finished its session. The class and had left the pool area just prior to the car crashing through the wall, scattering tiles and other debris. Police say the driver was uninjured and was cited for inattentive driving. One person suffered abrasions inside the pool area from a piece of debris but declined medical attention.
A similar incident occurred in 2012, when a car crashed through the wall into the pool area. The driver told police the accelerator pedal in her vehicle had stuck. Although there were people in the pool for an aquatics exercise class when the car crashed through the wall, there were no injuries.
The Y offered the following statement on its website:
"We will be working to repair the building as soon as possible and will communicate updates as new information becomes available. We apologize for the inconvenience to members."
The Y also suggested members use the pools at other Central Jersey YMCA facilities in Hillsborough, Bridgewater and Somerset Hills until the Somerville pool reopens.
Other activities inside the building, located at the corner of North Bridge Street and Green Street, are not affected by the repair work or pool closure.
Further information is available by calling the Somerville YMCA (908) 722-4567.