Car Crashes Into Nashua Restaurant's Dining Room

A car crashed into the dining room of a Nashua restaurant on Thursday morning, just minutes before it opened.

An investigation is underway after a Cadillac smashed through the front window and into the dining room of the Country Tavern Restaurant & Pub on Amherst Street in Nashua.

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Firefighters responded before 11:45 a.m. to the scene of the crash.

"Thankfully, it was before business hours. That's what made it really not so bad," owner Jon Randall said. "The car was right in the middle of the bay window."

Karen Rachel, the manager who was working at the time, said she was watching out the window, waiting for a party from a funeral reception to arrive, when she saw a car pull into a spot in front.

>> Raw video from the scene

Then, she said, the car seemed to accelerate, crashing right into the front window.

"Saw the car pull up, and it stopped like they always do, but then, within two seconds, it started to keep moving and accelerate, and my first thought was, 'They're not going to go anywhere,' Rachel said. "Then, I heard a big crunch, which means they went right through the front window."

Rachel called for help.

Fortunately, the two people inside the vehicle were OK, and no employees or patrons were in the restaurant yet.

Rachel said it was truly a close call.

"Luckily, the restaurant was not open yet. Had it been 15-20 minutes later, it could've been a lot worse. At that time, these are very popular seats. They're booths. They're usually the first ones taken, so there could've been someone sitting right there as the car was approaching," she said.

There was no word on what caused the car to crash into the building.

A building inspector determined the building was still structurally sound, fire officials said. The restaurant was still allowed to remain open.

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