NASHUA — The manager at the Country Tavern Pub and Restaurant said it was a miracle that no one was hurt when a vehicle crashed into the front of the building on Thursday morning.
“This could have been much worse. If it had happened 15 minutes later, it could have been much worse,” said Karen Rachel, manager of the Country Tavern.
No one was inside of the bar area of the restaurant at 452 Amherst St. when a Cadillac Deville drove through a front window of the establishment around 11:30 a.m.
“The driver was OK. She hit the gas instead of the brake and she felt really bad,” said Rachel, adding two women were inside of the vehicle at the time it crashed.
The Cadillac went through one of two large bay windows at the front of the restaurant. The two occupants of the car were not injured in the incident, according to fire officials.
“The Nashua building inspector arrived and determined that the building was still structurally sound,” Nashua Fire Rescue said in a release, adding electricity was temporarily shut off to a portion of the building.
At the time of the accident, the restaurant’s staff was preparing for a funeral luncheon of about 75 guests. Rachel said the driver who hit the building, however, was not one of the guests from the funeral. Although the luncheon was delayed slightly, the restaurant manager said her crew was still able to accommodate the patrons.
“It is still pretty bad though,” she acknowledged. “I saw the whole thing through the dining room. It started to go really fast and then I heard this loud ‘crash, crunch.’”
Although the bar area where the car entered was vacant at the time, she said the two booths in that section would have likely been occupied about 15 minutes later and could have resulted in a very different outcome. She was pleased to learn that the building is still structurally sound.
The pub was temporarily closed during a portion of the day on Thursday, but was set to reopen at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
“They are cleaning up now and they are going to be boarding up the window,” Rachel said earlier in the afternoon. “I’m just glad we all made it through the day.” The name of the driver was not immediately available on Thursday.