One person suffers minor injury after incident

by: GERT ZOUTENDIJK - Nine customers were sent scattering, but there was only one minor injury caused by Tuesday's accident at Casa del Pollo restaurant, on Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego.Casa del Pollo restaurant was extensively damaged when a teenage driver backed a SUV into it during lunchtime on Tuesday.

The restaurant at 15910 Boones Ferry Road had its front door and wall so badly damaged that they will probably have to be completely rebuilt, said Gert Zoutendijk, deputy fire marshal for Lake Oswego.

“The SUV pushed back the wall until it buckled,” Zoutendijk said. “The driver hit the building at a significant speed.”

However, major human damage was avoided. There were nine customers crowded into the small restaurant at 12:45 p.m., the time of the accident, but miraculously only one of them received a minor injury to the arm.

“Normally, several people are sitting at the front door during lunch hours,” said Jorge Zuniga, owner of the restaurant.

“Those people would have been badly hurt or even worse if they had been sitting there.”

Several of the customers were evaluated by Lake Oswego firefighters but none required being transported by ambulance to a hospital.

A construction company was called to assist with shoring up the building and securing it until the repairs can be made.

The incident is being investigated by the Lake Oswego Police Department.

As of press time, no charges or the name of the driver were announced.

by: GERT ZOUTENDIJK - The front of Casa del Pollo restaurant is in need of extensive repairs after a SUV backed into it during Tuesdays lunch rush.

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