- Associated Press - Monday, March 20, 2017

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - No one was hurt when an SUV crashed into a restaurant on Hawaii’s Maui island, according to authorities.

A 67-year-old woman was trying to park her vehicle at the Paia Fish Market on Sunday morning when she accidentally hit the gas and plowed into the restaurant, police told The Maui News (https://bit.ly/2nDuxIn ). Her SUV broke through a window and part of the wall, said police spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto.

Police didn’t observe any signs of impairment from the driver, according to Okamoto.

The car went halfway into the restaurant, creating clouds of dust and causing ketchup and hot sauce bottles to shatter, said General Manager Anatol Eisele. Eisele said he was cooking in the kitchen when he heard the crash in the dining room.

“People were screaming and (in a) panic, but nobody got injured,” Eisele said.

Restaurant employees made sure the 40 to 50 customers were OK and checked on the driver, who was also not hurt, said Eisele.

“It was pretty unbelievable that absolutely nobody got hurt or injured, because it was the sunny side (of the restaurant), and even with the air conditioning no one wanted to sit there,” Eisele said. “It was random luck the other side was full.”

Eisele said the restaurant closed for the rest of the day Sunday but will be open Monday and during the repairs.

“People are really funny. They were like, ‘Can you still cook our meals?’” Eisele said. “We cooked two more meals, and then we had to stop.”


Information from: The Maui News, https://www.mauinews.com

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