ARLINGTON, Virginia — More than a dozen people were injured, four seriously, after a vehicle crashed into a northern Virginia pub and restaurant, authorities said.
The accident at the Irish establishment Four Courts, which happened early Friday evening, also caused a fire, which was quickly extinguished, media reported.
Authorities said eight people were taken to hospital, while six others were treated at the scene and released, according to Arlington County Police and County Fire Department.
Mary Reilly, who works at the pub, said she was at the back of the building when ‘we all heard a bang, an explosion, so I turned around and saw all the debris heading out the way. ‘back of the pub’.
Around 30 customers and staff were in the pub at the time, and as “sheer panic broke out”, Reilly said, people rushed out the back.
Arlington police spokeswoman Ashley Savage did not immediately provide details on the cause of the accident, which happened on busy Wilson Boulevard, a few miles from the district line. of Columbia. The driver was among those taken to hospital, Savage said.
Although the building remained structurally sound, Savage said, it was unclear when the pub would reopen.