Two diners at Outback Steakhouse were lucky to avoid serious injury late Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into the building and hit their table.
The Rochester Fire Department was called about 4 p.m. to the restaurant, 1201 Broadway Ave. S., for a report that a vehicle had run into the building. Crews arrived to find that the SUV crashed through an exterior wall and into the restaurant hitting a table where two people were sitting, according to a news release from the fire department.
The pair were evacuated from the area and evaluated by Mayo Clinic Ambulance but neither were taken to the hospital. The driver of the SUV was helped out of their vehicle and was evaluated by Mayo Clinic Ambulance but did not need to be taken to the hospital either.
The driver of the SUV, a 75-year-old, man was parking his car in front of the restaurant and when he went to apply the brake and instead pressed on the gas and struck the building, according to Rochester Police Lt. Tom Faudskar.
Everyone else in the restaurant, customers and employees, were evacuated from the building to allow for the building to be inspected.
“Upon further evaluation of the building RFD and a licensed building inspector decided to leave the vehicle in place until it is deemed safe to be removed,” the fire department wrote. ”Anytime there is a vehicle vs building incident, the integrity of the building is always a priority to ensure safety of the occupants.”