NEWTON (CBS) – Two people are dead and several others are injured after an SUV crashed into a restaurant in West Newton.

The crash happened just after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night at Sweet Tomatoes on Washington Street. The vehicle drove down Chestnut Street, crossed Washington Street and went into the restaurant.

A car crashed into Sweet Tomatoes in Newton (Image credit: Bernice Corpuz)

A car crashed into Sweet Tomatoes in Newton (Image credit: Bernice Corpuz)

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says seven other people were injured and were rushed to area hospitals. At least three people were critically injured.

WBZ-TV’s Chantee Lans reports

A co-owner of the restaurant tells WBZ they are “devastated” and confirmed that employees are among the injured.

The male driver of the SUV survived the crash and is listed in fair condition. He was traveling with a female passenger who also survived the crash. Both were expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday night.

An SUV crashed into a restaurant in Newton (WBZ-TV)

An SUV crashed into a restaurant in Newton (WBZ-TV)

Witnesses say the driver never appeared to slow down before crashing into the restaurant.

It is unclear what caused the crash.

“We have a lot to learn in the hours to come,” Newton Mayor Setti Warren said, “reconstruction of the site and then understanding of what happened.”

A car crashed into Sweet Tomatoes pizza shop in Newton (Image credit @echoplex01)

A car crashed into Sweet Tomatoes pizza shop in Newton (Image credit @echoplex01)

Police say Washington Street is closed at Chestnut Street.

Drivers are being urged to avoid the area.

Residents who live in the apartments above the restaurant were evacuated and forced to find somewhere else to stay for the night.

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