SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A car crashed through the walls of a popular Schenectady diner right around lunch time on Tuesday.
“It sounded like somebody with glasses just dropping and ‘kapoosh,’” Timothy Kochan of Schenectady said.
Kochan and his grandson were terrified as the convertible came through the building. He then saw smoke, and customers started to run outside.
“The owner’s wife came running out, and she said to us, ‘Get out. Get out,’” he recalled.
But Kochan got a closer look.
“Well, you feel bad because you can’t do nothing,” Kochan said. “The poor lady’s hanging in there, and the guy is in shock – the older guy who was in the car. I thought he was dead almost. He’s just sitting there in shock; total shock.”
Three people who were inside and eating at the restaurant were also injured.
Some everyday people also helped with the rescue at the restaurant.
The driver was also taken to the hospital for evaluation but was not injured.
“Our main concern right now is for those people,” Blue Ribbon Diner manager Phillip Menagias said. “We don’t care about the damage or who did it or how it happened.”
Schenectady police are still investigating exactly what caused the crash. The car was removed from the diner Tuesday evening.
The diner’s owner said they hope to reopen on Thursday.