PRINCE GEORGE'S CO., Md. - Seven people were taken to the hospital this afternoon after a car crashed into a restaurant in Upper Marlboro.
The Prince George's County Fire and EMS department got the call around 1:15 p.m. to the restaurant in the 15900 block of Marlboro Pike.
The restaurant and pub, Babes Boys Tavern at the Top of the Hill, had a lunch crowd of about 30 people, many of whom work for a county judge, said a spokesman for the department.
"It literally looks like a bomb went off in there," said the restaurant's owner of 15 years, P.J. Wilson.
"We’re sitting at tables 31, 32, and 33, and she came in right on 33, and there were two people sitting there five minutes before she hit," he says. "The support column's gone, everything gone, the bar’s gone, knocked everything into the bathrooms, knocked my wife into the bathroom."
Nine were injured in total, but two declined to be taken to the hospital.
Two of those who went to the hospital have serious injuries, and the other five are in less serious condition.
Fire officials say one of the people who refused treatment was the driver of the car, a 2009 Toyota Camry.
She told DCW50 what happened.
"I was going about 25, I take this road every day, about 25, 30, but I started slowing down, when I started slowing down, my brakes just went out," says Vernelle Robinson.
Police markings in the roadway show that Robinson crossed traffic, drove into a parking lot and then the building.
"I hope they’re OK, I’m not even concerned about my car right now," she says.
Wilson says it would be impossible to create the damage that was done if the driver was only going under 30 miles per hour.
"A can’t go at 25 miles per hour through three metal concreted in the ground poles," he says.
Prince George's County Police are handling the investigation.
Wilson says the building is uninhabitable as of now and may be beyond repair.