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10 seriously hurt when car careens into Las Vegas restaurant

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Firefighters review the scene of an accident in which a car crashed into a crowded restaurant, Monday, April 1, in Las Vegas.

Ten people were seriously injured, some of them critically, when a car plowed into a crowded Las Vegas restaurant during the lunch rush Monday, authorities said.

The car, which was traveling eastbound on Sahara Avenue a few blocks west of the Strip, swerved into the median, spun, hit two other cars and then barreled into the restaurant, witnesses told NBC station KSNV of Las Vegas. 

It was unclear what caused the vehicle to careen out of control, but the two people in the car jumped out and tried to run away. Other restaurant patrons tackled them and held them until police arrived.

The restaurant, The Egg & I, was crowded with lunch-goers when the car came crashing through about 12:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET). Ten people were taken to University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital with serious injuries, fire officials said. 

Julie Jacobson / AP

A man sits handcuffed on the sidewalk after crashing a vehicle into The Egg & I diner Monday, April 1, in Las Vegas.

Four people, one of them a boy about 12 or 13 years old, were trapped under the black Lexus sedan, said Suziliene McDonald, vice president of Hands of Comfort, a counseling and trauma foundation, who was eating lunch at the diner.

A woman "was on her stomach," she told KSNV. "The only reason that car did not fall down on her was there was a chair that was kind of jacked up holding it and a portion of it, but it was on her, too. 

"To the left of her was her son," she said, telling the station: "His uncle was under the car and trying to hold it up over his nephew."

The driver, who wasn't immediately identified, could be charged with as many as 10 felony counts of reckless driving, police said. The car's passenger wasn't arrested.

"As serious as it was, we are amazed there were no fatalities," Tim Szymanski, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Fire Department, told The Journal-Review newspaper.

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