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Car crashes into North Hollywood burger joint; driver, family of 3 injured

January 3, 2011 |  4:08 pm

A family of three suffered minor injuries Monday when a car crashed through the facade of Tom's Burgers in North Hollywood, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said. The driver was also injured.

Investigators were unsure why the sole vehicle involved in the accident, a black sedan, left the roadway and crashed through the restaurant near a booth where two adults and a child were seated, said Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Two ambulances and a team of firefighters responded to the emergency call from the restaurant at 11:36 a.m., Humphrey said. The three patrons were taken to Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank, where they were treated for minor injuries, he said.

The adult male driver of the black sedan, who was not identified, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was also taken to the hospital for treatment, Humphrey said.

The cause of the accident in the 5500 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard was under investigation by the Valley Traffic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, Humphrey said.


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Photo: Structural Assessment Team and the Fire Department at the scene where an Infiniti crashed into Tom's Burgers Family Restaurant in North Hollywood. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times