A relaxing lunch at a Montgomery County Taco Bell turned tragic when an elderly man slammed into the restaurant, injuring four.
The Montco auto accident occurred just before 1 p.m. on August 24, 2011, when a Mercury Grand Marquis smashed into the side of the Taco Bell in East Norriton Township at Colonial Drive and DeKalb Pike. It follows a similar accident from just one month ago in which a vehicle driven by an elderly man slammed into a Center City Burger King.
The driver of the Grand Marquis, an 85-year-old man, was backing out of his parking space on the south side of the building when he rear-ended another vehicle. He then put the car in drive and accelerated very rapidly through the glass and into the dining area of the restaurant.
Four people were injured in the incident, including a 47-year-old Philadelphia woman who was trapped beneath the vehicle for more than 30 minutes. She was flown to Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia where she received treatment for her injuries.
A 57-year-old woman from Hatfield was also transported by medevac. She was taken to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania for lacerations from flying glass. She was not struck by the vehicle.
Two other victims were transported via ambulance to Mercy Suburban Hospital. The result of their injuries is not yet known.
The driver, who was also treated at Mercy Suburban Hospital, has not been charged in the incident.
The accident investigation is still underway; the reason for the driver’s rapid acceleration into the restaurant has not yet been identified.
The Bucks County injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile wish a quick and full recovery to all who were injured in this accident.