LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A driver had to be extricated from a vehicle Monday after she crashed into a restaurant in Long Beach, KNX1070 reported.

Susan McNamara was inside Golden Star at the corner of Cherry Avenue and Carson Street when the vehicle slammed into the restaurant’s freezer section.

“I was just in there and got my food and the restaurant’s about half full and then all of the sudden, this huge boom…it sounded like some, you know, a million things fell in the kitchen and the walls shook,” McNamara told KNX1070’s Ron Kilgore.

Will Nash of the Long Beach Fire Department said the driver, who was believed to be in her 40s, lost control of the vehicle while making a turn from the eastbound side of Carson.

She had to be extricated from the demolished vehicle, but no one inside the restaurant was injured.

Nash says the crash could have been much worse.

“It was located right near a bus bench. It didn’t seem to have anyone on it at the time,” he told Kilgore.

Aristi Anagnos, whose family owns the restaurant, says it will reopen tomorrow.

“I have our guys working overtime to clean up the walk-in and the health department gave us the OK to open up as long as all that is cleaned up,” she said.

No other details were immediately available.


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