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10 injured as car flies into Las Vegas restaurant

By Mason White 3:55 AM April 2, 2013
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(Scroll down for video) Many diners were injured after a car suddenly came flying into their restaurant during the busy lunch period, according to eyewitnesses in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ten people were seriously injured, some of them critically, when a car crashed into the busy restaurant in Las Vegas during the lunch rush Monday, authorities said.

The car, which was traveling east on Sahara Avenue a few blocks west of the Strip, swerved into the median, spun, hit two other cars and then barreled into the restaurant, witnesses told a local television news station.

It was unclear what caused the vehicle to careen out of control, but the two people in the car jumped out and tried to flee, but other restaurant patrons were able to tackle and hold them until police arrived.

The restaurant, The Egg & I, was full of attendees at lunch when the car came through at 12:30 pm. Ten people were taken to University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital with serious injuries, firefighters said.

Four people, one of them a boy of about 12 or 13-years-old, who were having lunch at the restaurant were trapped under the black Lexus sedan.

“The only reason that the car did not fall on a woman was because there was a chair that acted like a little jack holding it up,” an eyewitness said.

“People were running and children were crying after the car hit the restaurant. It was total chaos,” a woman at the scene told YourJewishNews.com.

The driver, who was not immediately identified, could be charged with up to 10 counts of reckless driving, police said. The car passenger was not arrested.

“As serious as it was, surprisingly there were no casualties,” Tim Szymanski, a spokesperson for the Fire Department in Las Vegas, said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view