Two dead, several injured after car smashes into DC’s outdoor dining area
Two women have died and several people have been injured after an elderly driver lost control of his car and crashed into an outdoor dining area in Washington, DC on Friday.
The car rammed into diners outside the Parthenon Restaurant in the 5500 block of Connecticut Avenue shortly after noon, authorities said.
Eight people were transported to area hospitals, including five in life-threatening condition, DC Fire and EMS Chief John Donnelly told reporters.
The two women who died were among those seriously injured, according to local reports. Their names were not immediately released.
Three other victims were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
“Everything indicates that it was really accidental,” DC Metro Police Commander Duncan Bedlion told reporters.
Bedlion said the elderly driver was alone in the car and was cooperating with police. The commander added that the incident was under active investigation.