JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Half a dozen people are injured after a car crashed into a Chili's restaurant on Jacksonville's Southside Thursday evening.
The restaurant confirmed a car crashed into the building, located at 9500 Baymeadows Road, sometime prior to 6:45 p.m.
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department says six people were injured. Five were patrons and one was inside the vehicle that crashed into the building.
All patients are expected to be OK, JFRD says.
Restaurant regular Rufus Lawrence told First Coast News he was surprised to see an SUV inside the restaurant, but grateful no one was seriously hurt.
"They are very fortunate to have survived that because you have tables and chairs along where those windows are," he said.
One woman told us her father and stepmom were inside at the time. Her dad received a minor cut to his head, while her stepmom complained of back pain. She says both are expected to be released from the hospital soon.
The business is currently closed as a result of the incident.
JFRD initially tweeted that crews were working a traffic crash in the 9500 block of Baymeadows Road.
Officials said this was an MCI LEVEL 1. A mass casualty incident (often shortened to MCI) is used to describe an incident in which emergency medical personnel are overwhelmed by the number and severity of patients.