June 26, 2022

An SUV crashed Friday afternoon into the out of doors seating space of a well-liked Greek restaurant in Northwest Washington, D.C., killing two girls and injuring not less than six others, three of them critically.

Authorities mentioned the incident seemed to be an accident. “There are not any indications that this was intentional,” mentioned Second District Police Commander Duncan Bedlion. “We’ve got a co-operative driver. He’s staying with us.”

He described the motive force as an aged male who misplaced management of the automobile. “That facet of dropping management is underneath energetic investigation by our main crash investigations workforce,” Bedlion mentioned.

The accident occurred proper at lunchtime on a heat, sunny day within the nation’s capital. The restaurant, the Parthenon, is on a busy business strip with retailers and eating places, a lot of which have out of doors seating. Fireplace vans lined the road, which was closed off to site visitors and pedestrians.

Seven patrons of the restaurant and one worker had been transported to space hospitals, mentioned Fireplace and EMS Chief John Donnelly. Police mentioned later that two individuals had died, each grownup females.

“We don’t know why it occurred,” Donnelly mentioned.

As a part of the investigation, authorities are in search of video proof from individuals who might have recorded the accident and are asking those that can present extra data to contact them.

Requested if expenses can be filed towards the motive force, Bedlion mentioned that might be a part of the investigation.

Authorities mentioned they’d activated the mass casualty response workforce to make it possible for they’d the sources available to deal with the massive variety of sufferers.

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