Loose Car Mats Suspected to Cause Vehicle Crash at Longmont Sushi Restaurant, No Injuries Reported

On a Wednesday afternoon, a vehicle crashed into a sushi restaurant in Longmont, causing significant damage. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the incident. The police are currently investigating the cause of the crash. According to the restaurant owner, the female driver explained that she had been washing and vacuuming a Toyota Highlander at a nearby car wash. After vacuuming, she failed to properly put the floor mat back in the vehicle. When she turned on the vehicle at 1:23 p.m., it unexpectedly accelerated forward, crashing into the restaurant's ramp, staircase, walls, and front entryway.

Longmont Public Safety confirmed that there were no injuries, and the vehicle involved was a silver SUV. However, further information about the driver was not yet available, and the cause of the crash remained unconfirmed. The improperly placed floor mat after cleaning the vehicle could have been the cause of the accident. There have been cases where car mats that are not correctly secured or are not suitable for the vehicle have interfered with the accelerator pedal, leading to unintended acceleration and, in some cases, accidents. Such incidents can potentially cause serious accidents, injuries, or fatalities. After the accident, the front of the building was supported by fire personnel to prevent it from collapsing, allowing the vehicle to be removed. Crews also helped the restaurant owner patch up holes in the building with plywood.

The restaurant owner expressed gratitude that no one was injured, as the establishment had been busy just before the accident. The restaurant is still open for business, but customers now use the north side entrance since the main entrance is damaged. As of 6:45 p.m. on the same day, detailed information on the extent of the damage to both the building and the vehicle was not available.

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