ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Police investigating a crash that injured more than a dozen people at a popular northern Virginia pub over the weekend said Monday that they don’t believe the crash was intentional.
Authorities said a ride-share driver crashed into Ireland’s Four Courts in Arlington, about three miles from the District of Columbia line, on Friday evening. Nine people were taken to the hospital while six others were treated and released.
Mary Reilly, who works at the pub, said she was in the back of the building when “we all heard a bang, an explosion, so I just turned around and I saw all the debris coming towards the back of the pub.”
About 30 patrons and staff members were in the pub at the time, and as “pure panic broke out,” Reilly said, people rushed out the back. Law enforcement officers at the scene evacuated people and provided emergency care.
“Undoubtedly, the decisive actions of the arriving officers to run directly into the building and remove patrons saved lives,” Arlington County Police Chief Andy Penn said.
The Arlington County Police Department said three patients remained hospitalized Monday. One was in critical condition and two were in stable condition.
According to police, their preliminary investigation indicates that the crash was accidental and alcohol was not a factor. They said the ride-share driver is cooperating with investigators.