Update: Quiznos in Albemarle County reopened Thursday afternoon after a car slammed into it Wednesday.
There was a close call in Albemarle County, after a car rammed into the dining room of the Quiznos sandwich shop on Pantops. The scene is still a mess.
The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. An eyewitness says a woman was backing out of a handicapped parking space when she hit three other cars. She then hit the accelerator, nailing a pillar, and on into the Quiznos.
The 81-year-old driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Police believe she will be OK.
As for the restaurant, the building inspector says they'll be closed indefinitely because the outside pillar served as a support beam. The owner believes that Quiznos will be open as early as Thursday.
"I heard this huge bang. It sounded like something had fallen through the ceiling," said Quiznos owner Amrit Lidder. "The first thing that went through my mind was to make sure nobody got hurt."
Lidder says he was just about to set up the outdoor furniture for customers since it has been so nice out. Now he says he's glad he didn't.
Police say between the woman's car, the three other cars she hit, and the building, she caused about $85,000 in damage. It's unclear who's going to pay for that.
Derick Waller joined the NBC 29 news team in August, 2010. Prior to this, Derick graduated with degrees in both broadcast journalism and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story