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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 11:38 am | Updated: 12:45 pm, Mon Nov 26, 2012.

A two-vehicle accident on North Third and Madison streets Sunday morning around 10 o’clock ended with a vehicle crashing through the wall of Five Star Realty, 300 E. Madison St.

Susan A. Heintz, 63, was traveling southbound on North Third Street when she failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with Madison Street and struck another vehicle in the intersection, according to Watertown Police Capt. Robert Kamiski.

The other vehicle was driven by a female traveling eastbound on Madison Street. The impact from the crash caused her vehicle to spin and strike the Five Star Realty building, Kamiski said.

The female driver was treated and transported to Watertown Regional Medical Center, Kamiski said. He added the force of the crash caused her airbag to deploy.

Watertown Building Inspector Joe Heimsch said moderate damage was done to the south and east walls of the building at 300 Madison St. Heimsch said the vehicle punched through the wall and came to a rest with one of the tires on a staircase inside the building.

“The structure integrity of that entire south wall is in question ... Maas Brothers Construction put up scaffolding and we tried to secure it the best way we can,” Heimsch said.

The next step, Heimsch said, is to have a structural engineer come in and determine the extent of the damage and what will have to be done to fix the building.

Heimsch said he recommended the building remain unoccupied until the structural engineer is brought in. He added there was one resident living in an apartment on the second floor of the building who will be staying with friends while repairs are completed.

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