An 87-year-old Lindenhurst driver crashed into a West Babylon restaurant Saturday afternoon, injuring himself and seven people inside, police said.
The man, whose name police did not release, drove his SUV in reverse across Montauk Highway and onto the lawn of Wendy’s at 625 W. Montauk Hwy., and through its front wall about 1:40 p.m., according to Suffolk County Assistant Police Commissioner Justin Meyers.
The driver and seven people in the restaurant suffered injuries that are not life-threatening and were treated at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, police said.
Photos from the scene showed the front end of the maroon Hyundai SUV sticking out of the chain restaurant, framed by broken windows.
Police did not say what caused the driver to plow into the eatery. The driver was not charged, a police spokeswoman said.
Montauk Highway near Bergen Avenue and Great East Neck Road was briefly closed to westbound traffic after the crash, but reopened by 4 p.m., the spokeswoman said.
Heidi Schauer, a spokeswoman for Wendy’s, said Saturday afternoon she was grateful the crash appeared to have caused only minor injuries. The restaurant will be closed until the damage can be assessed, she added.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected by the unfortunate accident,” she said.
With Lisa Irizarry