Driver passes out and crashes in outdoor dining area at NJ restaurant – CBS New York


WALDWICK, NJ (CBSNew York) – A New Jersey driver lost control and swerved into a restaurant’s outdoor dining area on Friday.

Surveillance video shows the moment a woman veered into the parking lot at Nellie’s Place on Franklin Turnpike in Waldwick.

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The car can be seen dragging picnic tables and tent frames. Fortunately the restaurant was closed due to the rain so no one was outside at the time.

Police say the 57-year-old fainted while driving and eventually came to a stop after crashing a short distance away.

Some workers were inside the restaurant at the time.

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“It was a small disaster. It was a bit disturbing and upsetting, ”said owner Karen Schultz. “Obviously the first thing was to make sure she was okay.”

“I was very happy that it rained yesterday and that no one was on the terrace,” said bartender and manager Eric Monroe. “Metal can be replaced, people can’t.”

Police said the woman suffered minor injuries. No one else was injured.

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The restaurant was open again on Saturday and a customer donated barricades to make it safer.

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