Eight people were injured, including a 14-year-old girl, when a car smashed into the Dunkin’ Donuts on Central Avenue in Jersey City last night.
Six people were were taken to Jersey City Medical Center, while two others were treated at the scene by paramedics, said JCMC spokesman Mark Rabson.
Of the six people taken to JCMC, five were trauma patients. The teenager was operated on last night, while the four others that were treated for trauma remained in stable condition, Rabson added.
Jersey City Fire Director Armando Roman said the teenage girl was in the Dunkin’ Donuts with her mother and sister at the time of the accident.
Police spokesman Stan Eason said the driver of the vehicle was one of the injured, though Eason wasn’t sure of the severity of the driver’s injuries. The cause of the accident, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m., is under investigation, he added.
“It sounded like an explosion,” said Annie Salazar, a Dunkin’ Donuts employee who was in the store at the time of the crash.
Salazar said there was a mother with three children, two toddlers and an infant, sitting at a table inside the store when the car came barreling through the side of the building. The family escaped with minor injuries, according to Salazar.
The Dunkin’ Donuts sits on the corner of Central Avenue and Griffith Street. The car crashed through on the Griffith Street side.
One the injured is a pregnant woman who was taken from the scene about an hour after the accident, according to a fire official who asked not to be identified.
Eason said investigators “haven’t ruled anything out,” and plan to determine if the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Eason said he did not know whether the victims were pedestrians on Central Avenue at the time of the crash or Dunkin’ Donuts patrons.
Source: The Star Ledger