TORRANCE  (CBS) — Two people were critically injured Saturday afternoon when a Toyota Avalon slammed into a restaurant in Torrance.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safroncikas Reports

Two other people were also hurt. They were also taken to a hospital and their condition was listed as fair.

The crash was reported at 4:45 p.m. at 22820 S. Western Avenue, near Sepulveda Boulevard, according to Matt Spence of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The car slammed into El Indio Mexican restaurant.

Reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, Jay Jackson spoke to several witnesses to the crash who said “it was a miracle no one was killed.”

Restaurant owner Jaime Gonzalez could not believe what happened to, or at, his eatery. “Man. We’ve been open 30 years. My father, my mother opened this place up in ’79. And this will be the first time we’ve ever had to close.”

Witnesses told Jackson a student driver clipped the Avalon as it was heading north on Western. The Avalon swerved causing the crash.

Gonzalez said one worker was injured along with the patrons. None of their injuries is believed to be life-threatening.

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