Jeep crashes through the front window of Five Guys in Framingham MA
FRAMINGHAM — Four diners inside a Five Guys restaurant were hospitalized on Saturday afternoon — two brought in by ambulance — after a Jeep drove through two nearby windows, authorities say.
Framingham Fire Deputy Chief Kurt O’Rourke said the injuries sustained were “mostly minor”, although one individual – an adult male – sustained “slightly more serious” injuries.
“But he was conscious and alert when he was transported,” O’Rourke said.
The man was sent to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a woman was sent to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, he said.
They were among several diners seated inside the restaurant near the bay windows around 2 p.m. Saturday when a Jeep Compass drove through the side of the building, O’Rourke said.
Two other injured customers went to hospital; one was a girl who suffered “a very minor injury” and was taken to hospital by her parents, O’Rourke said.
“Fortunately, there do not appear to be any life-threatening injuries,” he said.
The crash happened at the Five Guys Restaurant at Route 30 Mall, 301 Cochituate Road. The restaurant, part of a nationwide chain of fast-casual restaurants focusing on burgers, hot dogs and fries, has been open in Framingham since late 2010.
First responders arrived after receiving a call from people inside the restaurant reporting a car in the building.
O’Rourke said the woman driving the Jeep was attempting to park the vehicle in a space just outside the restaurant when she mistakenly pressed the gas pedal instead of the brakes. The Jeep then burst through the windows, smashing two of them, and crashed into a few tables before coming to a stop.
When emergency services arrived, the nose of the Jeep remained inside the Five Guys dining room, with the other half of the car on the sidewalk.
Neither the driver nor the sole passenger of the Jeep was injured, according to O’Rourke.
There also doesn’t appear to be any serious structural damage to the building, he said, alongside shattered windows and a few damaged tables and chairs.
The building inspector and the Board of Health were also called to the scene of the accident. The business is closed until further notice.
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