Waco firefighters worked for 30 minutes Tuesday to free an elderly couple from their Crown Victoria after it slammed into the side of Johnny Carino’s restaurant, burying three-quarters of the vehicle into the building.

The car went head-on into the restaurant’s pantry about 11:45 a.m.

No one inside was injured, but the impact scattered bread rolls, to-go cup lids and chalkboards with menu items amid chunks of drywall.

The female driver, who was not named, emerged from the vehicle carrying a Bible after firefighters expanded the hole her car had made in the side of the building to free the pair.

Both she and her husband, who was in the passenger seat, were taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center as a precautionary measure, Assistant Fire Chief Chris Pechacek said.

Officials say the woman may have hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, driving the vehicle into the side of the building.

The restaurant at 1411 N. Valley Mills Drive was closed Tuesday as it remained without power after the crash, officials said.

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