Authorities are investigating Tuesday after a car crashed into a Cracker Barrel in Knoxville.
Knoxville police responded to a report of a vehicle crash at the Cracker Barrel located at 2920 South Mall Road just after noon on Tuesday. Knoxville Fire Department posted photos on Twitter and said there were no serious injuries.
DJ Corcoran, with the Knoxville Fire Department, said that the driver was trying to leave her parking spot, when she accidentally drove forward instead of reversing.
Cathy Kodra, a patron inside Cracker Barrel, said she and her husband had jut ordered food when the crash happened.
“The window across from where we were sitting blew out, and we thought it was an explosion. We both thought it was a bomb,” Kodra said.
She said glass flew everywhere. She didn’t want to touch her water or coffee, afraid glass could’ve landed inside.
Corcoran said the window was the main part that was damaged, but the frame was slightly bent.
“The vehicle went about three-four foot inside the building…penetrated a wall right where the window is,” Corcoran said.
Kodra said she and her husband weren’t injured from the impact, but they planned to see their doctor, thinking her husband hit his hip when they were trying to evacuate.
She said she felt sympathetic towards the driver.
“I feel bad for her. I do. I think that those things can happen,” Kodra said.
Corcoran noted that firefighters usually respond to similar incidents a couple of times a year.
WATE called Cracker Barrel to find out if the restaurant side would remain open while the window was getting repaired.
The employee who answered the phone said that they were still serving food.
WATE has a crew at the scene. This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available.