Medics took a 26-year-old cashier from Avanti Pizza at 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas in West Menlo Park to Stanford Hospital Monday afternoon after a car crashed through the plate-glass window and well into the restaurant.
The female employee became entangled in counter equipment that had rolled on top of her, Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District said.
The 911 call came in at 1:59 p.m. and elicited an immediate response from firefighters and medics at the fire station on Valparaiso Avenue a few blocks away.
The first order of business was backing the vehicle out to take the pressure off the counter structure and the victim, the chief said. The victim, who lives in Newark, was talking and conscious during the 10 to 15 minutes it took to disentangle her and get her into an ambulance, he said.
She is reported in stable condition, Lt. Ray Lunny of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.
The driver of the vehicle was an 80-year-old Atherton woman who had been trying to park but hit the accelerator instead, CHP Officer Curtis Glace said. She was not hurt.
Glace said that investigators are trying to determine why the driver hit the accelerator, but they do not believe it was intentional, nor was there indication that alcohol or drugs were involved.
Schapelhouman said that officers from the Sheriff's Office and the California Highway Patrol responded to the crash.
The laundry next door suffered collateral flooding damage after the crash ruptured a water pipe that served the entire strip mall. The water is off for all the retailers there, Schapelhouman said.
Given the damage to the counter, plumbing, electrical fixtures and the gas cylinders, Avanti will likely need a building permit and a building inspector's permission before reopening, he said.
"I don't believe they will be able to open very quickly."
The damage in many of these incidents tends to be limited to the front doors and windows, he noted.
"This one was truly and legitimately one of those unfortunate situations when there was injury."
Had it happened during lunchtime, he added, "it would have been a much more chaotic and catastrophic situation."