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Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 15:41

AN ERRANT SUV crashed through the west wall of the bandstand in Saukville’s Veterans Park. Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to pry the driver from the vehicle, which was wedged below the stage floor. At left, the van as seen from inside the bandstand.
                     Saukville Police Department photos
A popular phrase in show business is that a hit performance “brought down the house.”

That saying was almost taken literally Friday afternoon when a minivan crashed through a wall of the bandstand in Saukville’s Veterans Park.

According to Saukville police, the accident occurred as a 78-year-old Mequon man was eastbound on East Dekora Street.

He lost control of his red 2001 Mercury Villager while attempting to turn right onto South Mill Street, driving onto the lawn of the park and crashing into the west wall of the bandstand.

Authorities said the driver inadvertently stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake while making the turn.

Saukville firefighters had to use Jaws of Life equipment to extricate the driver from the vehicle, which ended up getting wedged underneath the stage floor.

The driver was transported to the hospital, but the accident report said the injuries were not “incapacitating.”

A 13-year-old boy riding in the passenger seat of the van was reportedly uninjured.

The driver was issued a citation for failing to have his vehicle under control.

Masonry and electrical repairs were required to the building, which dates to 1924.

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