PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Seven people were hospitalized after a car smashed into a Providence restaurant on Saturday.
Battalion Fire Chief Kevin Bross told 12 News two cars collided on Chalkstone Avenue, causing one of the cars to crash through the El Eden Restaurant storefront.
Employees and customers were inside at the time. Bross said three people in the vehicles and four bystanders were all transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A sign posted on the boarded-up restaurant stated that the business would be “closed for repairs until further notice.”
A spokesperson for Providence Mayor Brett Smiley said the driver of the car that hit the building was evaluated following the crash and was found not to be impaired or speeding during the incident. They were issued several traffic violations.
On Sunday, 12 News spoke with Providence City Council member Miguel Sanchez, Ward 6, who says he has seen several crashes happen on the same road and is now proposing a resolution in hopes of preventing more wrecks.
“It’s time to start doing some action to address these types of accidents from happening over and over again,” said Sanchez, who also says the plan would add four raised crosswalks throughout the area to reduce traffic.
Providence will be hosting several events for the community to share their ideas on the plan, but a formal public review is not expected to happen until next year.