Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A diner at Arby’s reportedly suffered minor injuries Wednesday afternoon when a compact SUV jumped a concrete barrier at the Transit Road restaurant and struck a red support pole. The pole then struck and shattered a plate glass window. A shard of glass cut the female customer.
Arby’s was forced to close for about two hours and re-opened at 4:30 p.m.
The driver of the car, a 22-year-old woman whose name has not been released, had a learner’s permit. She was accompanied by a licensed friend of the family in the red Saturn Vue.
”Her foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas pedal,” said retired police officer David Stevens who was eating in another section of the restaurant with Mary Jane Smith. “We were about to get out and all of a sudden there was a crash.”
Glass flew into the restaurant and struck the customer, who was eating a sandwich, the witnesses said. The injured woman then left the scene.
The air bags were not deployed and there appeared to be limited damage to the vehicle, a compact crossover SUV.
The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. South Lockport and the Rapids Volunteer Fire Companies responded as did Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies.
The pole, while appearing to be solid, was more cosmetic and hollow inside, according the Town of Lockport Building inspector Mike Brown. Glass and debris were visible by the pole. A crew from Emergency Enclosures arrived to board up the window.
It was the second time in about a year that the Arby’s location was struck by a vehicle.