A car barreled through a Michigan restaurant Tuesday evening after a grandmother confused the accelerator and the break, police have said.
Shocking images show how the 2001 Jeep Cherokee plowed into the Fowlerville Farms Family Restaurant, in its namesake Fowlerville, dangerously close to a booth with three diners. The vehicle tore through a wall and came to a stop in the dining room.
The driver, identified as a 74-year-old grandmother from Muskegon Heights, panicked while driving the borrowed Jeep and slammed the accelerator instead of the brakes, driving about 20 feet into the restaurant, according to the police chief.
None of the 20 customers inside or the staff members were injured. The grandmother and her passengers, her 57-year-old daughter and her two grandchildren aged 10 and 12, also emerged unscathed, the Lansing State Journal reported.
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A car barreled through Fowlerville Farms Family Restaurant on Tuesday evening (pictured) in Fowlerville, Michigan, coming dangerously close to a booth where diners were having a meal
The 2001 Jeep Cherokee tore through a wall and came to a stop in the dining room. None of the 20 customers or members of staff were injured in the crash
Shocking pictures show how the Jeep left a hole in one of the dining rooms as it advanced about 20 feet into the restaurant
Authorities said a 74-year-old grandmother had borrowed the Jeep and was unfamiliar with the vehicle, which caused her to panic and hit the accelerator instead of the brakes. Pictured, police investigate the scene Tuesday night
The grandmother, who has not been named, was driving out of the restaurant when another vehicle pulled out in front of the Jeep, Police Chief John Tyler said.
'She had borrowed the vehicle and wasn't familiar with it. She kind of panicked,' he added.
Photos of the aftermath posted on the restaurant's Facebook page show how the vehicle destroyed part of the dining room, leaving behind rubble where chairs and tables used to stand.
The Jeep can be seen in footage of the crash, published by NBC, disrupting what appeared to be a quiet evening at the restaurant and plowing into empty tables and chairs.
The restaurant managed to open the next morning despite the crash.
Very thankful no one was hurt!! We were open at 5am regular hours the very next day, half the restaurant was not used as we only had the hole boared up. The Tuesday afternoon crew cleaned up the mess rill almost midnight along with other coworkers that came in to help. Wednesday afternoon we had the wall being rebuilt, work still being done but we made huge progress!! It would not have been done without the drive my boss has to keep things going. Not just for the community but for his employees that need to come to work everyday!
Photos of the aftermath show how the car devastated part of the dining room, leaving piles of rubble where tables and chairs used to stand
The driver's 57-year-old daughter and her two grandchildren aged 10 and 12, also emerged unscathed. Pictured is the destroyed dining room
Fowlerville Farms Family restaurant managed to open the next morning despite the devastating crash, which even sent tree branches into the dining area
The grandmother, who has not been named, was driving out of the restaurant when another vehicle pulled out in front of the Jeep and panicked, which led to the crash, police said
Customers and staffers all emerged uninjured from the crash, which caused serious damage in the restaurant's dining room (pictured on Tuesday night)
Fowlerville Farms Family restaurant (file picture) managed to open the next morning even though the crash left a hole in its dining room