15 hurt after rideshare driver slams into Virginia restaurant and sparks fire

At least 15 people were injured, authorities said, after a vehicle crashed into an Irish pub in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday night, starting a fire in the process.

The Arlington Police Department reported Saturday that a rideshare driver, with a passenger in his car, left the road and crashed into the restaurant around 6:45 p.m. Friday. Video obtained by CBS News showed flames and smoke billowing from the Irish pub Four Courts, located in Arlington’s courthouse area.

Police on Saturday increased the number of injured from 14 to 15, confirming that a total of nine people have been hospitalized. Two of them were still in critical condition and a third in serious condition. The other six were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, and included the driver and passenger, police said.

Six other people were treated and released at the scene on Friday.

After Arlington County Fire Department crews extinguished the blaze, engineers determined the building was “structurally sound, but could not be reoccupied,” the firefighters said.

The cause of the crash remains under ‘active investigation’ as ‘detectives continue to review evidence and speak to witnesses to determine the events leading up to the accident’, police said Saturday.

“Please keep all injured in your thoughts and prayers”, Ireland Four Courts Pub tweeted Friday. “Thank you to @ArlingtonVaPD and @ArlingtonVaFD for their quick response. We are devastated.”

Vehicle hits restaurant in Arlington, sparks fire
At the scene where a vehicle crashed into a restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. August 12, 2022.

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