HAZEL DELL, WA (KPTV) – One person suffered minor injuries after firefighters say a driver mistook their gas pedal for their brake and smashed through a pizza shop in Hazel Dell Tuesday afternoon.
Clark County Fire District 6 responded to Bortolami’s Pizza on Northeast 7th Avenue just before 3 p.m.
Clark county deputies say the driver was fine, but one customer was trapped between the car and her table and had to be rescued by firefighters.
“She was talking, so she seemed okay, but her pant leg was cut open, so I’m guessing something happened to her leg," a customer said.
Investigators say that woman will be okay and told FOX 12, had the restaurant been full, the outcome would’ve been tragic.
"We can take care of bricks and mortar and fix doors and windows the most important thing is about safety in the restaurant and everybody involved," Owner of Bortolami’s Pizza Mike Stromme said.
Crews were able to get the late model Toyota Camry into neutral and roll it back, freeing the woman, who was then transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
Firefighters say the 79-year-old driver, who is the building's owner, accidentally hit the gas pedal while trying to park in front of the restaurant and smashed through it's plate glass window. She was not hurt.
"It was really fast, she just crashed right into it and the whole window just shattered and it sounded like special effects, it was like the craziest noise I ever heard," a customer said.
Electrical power to the building was temporarily disabled and later restored.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the crash.
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