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Two hurt after car slides into sandwich shop

CANTON, Ohio (CNN) -- An elderly woman drove through the front of a sandwich shop Wednesday afternoon, demolishing the front of the store and leaving her car buried in debris, authorities said.

She and her passenger, described as a 90-year-old female, were injured, said Battalion Chief Steve Rich of the Canton Fire Department.

A police patrol supervisor told CNN the light blue sedan was driving southbound on Cleveland Avenue, one of Canton's busiest streets, when it ran a red light shortly before 5 p.m.

He said the car struck another vehicle that was turning onto a side street, hit a utility pole and slid sideways into the front of the restaurant. The car landed squarely inside the restaurant's front dining area, facing north.

The driver, whose age was unknown, and her passenger were taken to Mercy Hospital, he said. Their names were not released.

Rich said no one inside the restaurant was injured.

Employees of Mozart Restaurant, an adjoining building, said they heard the car approach.

"I heard the tires," Clarissa Prete said.

She said she and two others working in the restaurant's beer garden exclaimed, "Something's terrible, something's terrible," and ran to the front to view the damage.

Though her restaurant was free of any visible damage and was open for business, Prete said, the emergency vehicles and police tape were keeping some customers away.

Rich said Subway's utilities were turned off as a precaution.

"They got the gas and power shut off and we got the chief building inspector going out now," he said.

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