Weatherford Democrat

November 19, 2013

Car crashes through McAlister's


Weatherford Democrat

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A car went through the front window of McAlister’s Deli Monday afternoon, striking a customer inside. 

A small car drove through a south-facing window of the restaurant, sending the driver and two others to the hospital and narrowly missing others as the popular eatery on Wall Street did business mid-afternoon. 

A woman struck by the vehicle was reportedly sitting up and talking before she was transported to Weatherford Regional Medical Center. The female driver and passenger were also transported to the hospital, though no one one was believed to have life-threatening injuries, Weatherford Police Sgt. Wendy Field said. 

The vehicle had pulled into a parking spot in front of the business shortly before the wreck, according to police. The vehicle entered the glass window at an angle, coming to rest against a counter inside. 

Police are still investigating what caused the vehicle to go through the window but are looking at the possibility that the driver hit the accelerator. 

The driver said her brake was stuck, Field said. 

Chairs and a couple of tables in the path of the vehicle lay on the ground as a tow truck pulled the car from the restaurant Monday afternoon. 

Several people inside the restaurant at the time said they heard a loud crash, some initially thinking an employee had dropped something. 

The vehicle reportedly narrowly missed a couple of other nearby customers.   

Evening employees were told not to come to work Monday night as the restaurant closed down Monday afternoon. 

A city inspection of the facility revealed no structural damage, according to police, and staff said they expected to talk to the city Tuesday morning about opening up for business again.