Two people died and seven were injured Tuesday night when an SUV crashed into Sweet Tomatoes, a restaurant in Newton. The SUV was going north on Chestnut Street around 6 p.m. when it crossed Washington Street and crashed into the restaurant at 1279 Washington St., according to WCVB.
Witnesses told the TV station that the pizza counters were pushed into the ovens as a result of the crash. The driver was taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital and released later that evening, according to multiple reports. Three other people were also taken to that hospital.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan did not provide the names, ages, or genders of the victims, pending notification of next of kin. Details on where the other people were hospitalized were also unavailable, according to The Boston Globe. Ryan said officials would reconstruct the crash. The incident is under investigation.
The car was removed from the restaurant around 10:30 p.m., according to NECN. Witnesses said there were a number of people eating in the restaurant and that the intersection near the restaurant was usually busy but well-lit. One person said people tended to drive slowly in the area.