Car Drives Into Diner; 10 Injured

LAS VEGAS --  Ten people have been injured after a car drove into an Egg & I diner on Sahara Avenue near Arville Road Monday afternoon.

Some of those injured might have been dining outside at the time, the police said.

Witness Suzi Liene described the crash as sounding like a bomb.

"It was immediately, boom!" she said. "Like when you see wars on the television shows how the bomb goes. All the smoke and everything. All of that came into the building."

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said the injured were taken to University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital for treatment. All had serious injuries.

Some of the injured have life threatening injuries, including two people who suffered bleeding of the brain and another who had a chest tube inserted, Metro Sgt. Richard Strader said. 

"We are hoping everyone survives on this, obviously, and we are going to make sure the guy that was driving the vehicle get punished for what he did," Strader said.

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Strader said  the driver in the car made an "abrupt change" and hit the center lane, jumped the curb of the median while skidding out of control. The car then hit two other cars and slammed into the diner's patio area.

Emergency crews used Jaws of Life to rescue three of the injured who were stuck under the car. The rescue took about an hour, Szymanski said.

"You can't leave your guard down," he said. "You could be sitting at a bus stop, you could be sitting at a restaurant, you got to be aware of your surroundings and be aware of what's going on all the way around."

A diner at the restaurant said the car drove through the glass windows and a loud noise could be heard. Tables were scattered everywhere and people could be seen under the car.

"I'm grateful to be alive right now," the diner said. "That could have been us. Just one table down. Looking back and seeing everyone, seeing that they had people under there that they were with. It could have easily been us."

According to police, the driver tried to flee and was tackled by five men who held him until police arrived. The man is now in custody, booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

He is facing 10 charges each of felony reckless driving and felony hit-and-run. He is being evaluated to determine whether he was impaired at the time of the wreck, Strader said.

Both directions of Sahara between Decatur Boulevard and Arville Road were closed to traffic until about 7 p.m.


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