A two-car accident on Route 9 last night caused one car to flip over and the other to careen into The Forge restaurant, narrowly missing guests of a wedding party who were standing outside the restaurant.
Tim, a Woodbridge resident who saw the accident, said a red automobile was speeding on the northbound side of Route 9 around 9:30 pm when it came upon a black SUV in the left lane.
"The red car ran into the black SUV and caused it to flip over," Tim said.
The car then shot over the parking lot and into The Forge. The auto clipped two of the columns outside the restaurant and just missed hitting wedding guests who were outside but still near the entrance.
According to another bystander, one of the women in the group outside the Forge "was clipped" by a tire that flew off one of the vehicles.
She was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center, but a police officer told the group that she didn't suffer any serious injuries.
"It was probably just shock," the bystander said the officer told her friends.
"If that car had come over a few more feet, it would've knocked those people down like bowling pins," he said.
There were at least three people in the overturned SUV who were "hanging upside down," a witness said, from their seatbelts.
Tim said he helped the women, who appeared to be of Indian descent, out of the vehicle.
"They didn't seem to be seriously hurt. They were all talking to one another," he said.
An off-duty firefighter was in The Forge, another witness said.
"He came and took charge," Tim said.
About 10 several ambulances and a firetruck responded to the accident.
Traffic was backed up on Route 9 while police and firefighters uprighted the overturned SUV and tried to pry the red car from the restaurant's facade.