Car slams into restaurant in Rockville Centre, Long Island

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Josh Einiger has the latest from Rockville Centre, where a car drove into a restaurant packed with Mets fans.

Diners had to scramble for safety when a car drove into a Nassau County restaurant Tuesday night.

The red sedan plowed into the front of Monahan's, an Irish pub on Village Avenue in Rockville Center, loaded with Mets fans watching the game.

"I was saying who's going into my building the wrong way?," said bar owner Niall Gunn.

Gunn, sitting in his car across the street, watched it all unfold. "I thought he was making a turn and he just hit the gas, crazy," said Gunn.

"It sounded like huge thunder, huge clap of thunder," one witness said.

The driver, a man in his 50's, told onlookers he had mistaken the gas for the brake and plowed into the front of the bar.

It happened at the height of the dinner rush, and people who might have been hanging out by the window were instead crowded around TV's watching the Mets, and none of them were hurt.

The driver was treated at the scene.

"He seemed pretty unshaken and his car seemed pretty good when it pulled out, very little damage. You can see I'm the worse for wear here," said Gunn. "You know the luck of the Irish. Tough day at the office here."

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