SUV slams into South Bay restaurant

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NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — An SUV crashed into a Vietnamese food restaurant in National City Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened around 2:10 p.m. at the Pho 7 Cow restaurant in the 1000 block of Highland Avenue.

The driver of the Infiniti QX50 told police she had mistaken the accelerator for the brake, according to National City Police Lt. Robert Rounds.

According to the restaurant’s owner, Tu Nguyen, two people were sitting at a table just inside the restaurant’s glass wall when the car slammed through.

“It was like a big firecracker, bang shattered glass all over the area,” said Nguyen.

Two people were taken to the hospital, a customer and a restaurant employee. Their injuries were not considered life threatening.

During the accident, the car plowed into a large fish tank shattering it.

Firefighters were seeing trying to save the fish by putting them in a bucket of water. But in spite of their efforts, 26 of the fish died.

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