One passenger was injured, but no one inside the restaurant was hurt
WOODLAND — The driver of a Tesla sedan says the vehicle malfunctioned Sunday afternoon, surging across the sidewalk and into the front of a Subway restaurant in Woodland.
The accident happened shortly after 4 p.m., according to a post on the Facebook page for Woodland Police Department. A passenger in the Tesla suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital after being treated at the scene.
One woman who posted a comment on the Woodland PD Facebook page said it “sounded like a bomb went off,” and then she was covered with glass from the shattered window.
“Thank God he came in at an angle so the concrete wall stopped the momentum of the car,” wrote Celeste Gaspard. “If it had gone straight through the glass store front, I’m not sure I’d still be here.”
Jennifer Rogers, who manages the Subway location on Pacific Avenue responded, thanking Gaspard for helping her employee to remain calm.
“I am so truly thankful you and my employee are safe and alive, and those in the car,” wrote Rogers.
The driver, who did not wish to be identified, told officers a malfunction in the Tesla’s self-driving feature may have led to the crash. Woodland Police confirmed that drugs or alcohol were not a factor.