PHOENIX — A motorist crashed their car into a restaurant Wednesday near 32nd Street and McDowell Road, resulting in them getting transported to the hospital.
The Phoenix Fire Department said the driver had to be extricated from their car after it crashed into Sushi Sonora, a restaurant south of the intersection. Another individual had to be taken to the hospital for injuries sustained in the collision.
Authorities say two men inside the restaurant were also struck and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Juan Rivera is the restaurant’s owner. He was in the back of the business when he heard something that sounded “like a bomb.”
“I walked up, all nervous, trying to call 911 right away, and then I was flagged by one of my waiters that two customers were hurt,” he said.
Nadia Vargas was less than two hours into her shift when the truck slammed into the building.
“I saw glass everywhere,” she said. “I saw a bunch of dirt, and the only thing I thought was, ‘how are my customers?'"
Rivera is thankful the accident was not much worse after he saw the damage.
“I thought something worse than what happened. I thought it was going to be people dead inside because it was really horrible,” he said.
Police say the crash is under investigation and impairment may have been a contributory factor.
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