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Four injured as car crashes into Harbor City restaurant

April 14, 2012 |  6:59 pm

Four people were injured Saturday afternoon when a car careened into a Mexican restaurant in Harbor City.

The accident happened about 4:45 p.m. near the intersection of South Western Avenue and West 228th Street, according to Matt Spence, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Four people were taken to the hospital, Spence said, with two of the injured listed in critical condition and the other two listed as fair.

The car smashed into El Indio, a storefront diner located in a strip mall on South Western, according to Peter Gonzales, a friend of the restaurant's owner. He said two vehicles collided nearby, and the impact sent one car spiraling into the eatery.

Gonzales said two of the injured people were diners. Another was a member of the restaurant's wait staff, he said, and the fourth was in the car that crashed.

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