Thankfully, the restroom was unoccupied when a car plowed into the side of Mountain View Station restaurant in Center Ossipee Village May 25. (Photo by Mellisa Seamans) (click for larger version)
May 30, 2019OSSIPEE — Thankfully, the restroom was unoccupied when a car plowed into the side of Mountain View Station restaurant in Center Ossipee Village May 25.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., diners were interrupted when a Chevrolet Sonic ran the stop sign at Huckins Street, crossed Main Street and slammed into the side of the 1875 former train station. The impact demolished the front end of the car and sent the toilet on the other side of the wall flying into the rear dining room. The wall between the bathroom and main dining room was also damaged, with diners sitting in a booth against that wall narrowly escaping injury.
Reportedly, the driver was not seriously injured, though an official report to confirm that, as well as the driver's name and any citations issued, were available from the Ossipee Police Department as of press time.
Once the car was removed and emergency workers cleared the scene, staff and others set to work covering the hole in the building and removing food from the freezers and refrigerators for storage offsite.
In addition to structural damage, there is damage to the electrical and plumbing systems. In a Facebook post, owner Chrissy Bailey said the restaurant, at 79 Main St., will likely be closed for two weeks. Several people responded with messages of encouragement and offers of support to help the popular family dining spot reopen for the busy summer season.