- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AP) - Four people were injured after a restaurant cook on bereavement leave crashed a sport utility vehicle into his restaurant and sparked a large fire, officials said.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Bowers said Wednesday that none of the injuries appears to be life-threatening.

Three of those injured were taken to the hospital. A fourth refused treatment, police said in a news release.

The crash occurred about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on International Drive in Tysons Corner in front of a Silver Diner restaurant.

The vehicle, a Hummer, caught fire. Black smoke rose high into the air and was visible throughout Tysons Corner.

Bowers said police and fire officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

Matilde Ott, a spokeswoman for the Rockville, Maryland-based Silver Diner chain, told WRC-TV in Washington that the driver of the Hummer was a cook at the restaurant who had been placed on bereavement leave a month earlier.



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