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September 16, 2009

Van crashes into Miss Irene's

miss irene'sThis isn't exactly fresh news, but it still packs a wallop.

At about 7 p.m. Sept. 6 (the Sunday before Labor Day), a man drove a large van into the side of Miss Irene's (1738 Thames St.) that faces South Ann Street.

There were no injuries -- no passengers in the van or pedestrians on the sidewalk, according to hostess Emma Wagner.

"He came screeching around the corner, plowed through a parked car and hit the building," she said. "There was no one sitting there, but I was taking a family to a table right next to it. That was kind of scary." ...

The accident left a hole in the side of the building, which hasn't been repaired yet, Wagner said. 

"It was intense," she said. "I watched his airbag come out and him hit the airbag."

This reminds me of the gruesome tale of the beheading at the Garden Lounge some years ago. Also, when I was a kid, I was sitting in a restaurant in South Carolina with my family, when we heard what sounded like an explosion. Turns out, someone had plowed their car through the side of the building into the restaurant. Nasty stuff.

Has anything like this ever happened to you?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:30 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Didn't somebody drive a car into Regi's outdoor patio on Light Street around May of 2007?

Does this mean that Miss Irenes is now a "hole in the wall" bar?

I remember when a car crashed into the side of Firehouse Tavern on Joppa Road. It actually turned out a lot better.

@ chris, "da dun tzzzz"

Years ago someone lost control of a tractor trailer (filled with milk of all things!) and wiped out the Mountain Road Inn on Rt 152 in Harford County. No one was hurt, but the place never reopened. Too bad, I was hoping to order a milk and see how fast I got booted!

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