Car crashes into Warren's Square Peg

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You can't fit a square peg into a round hole, but apparently you can fit a car into The Square Peg.

A 16-year-old Rumford girl learning how to drive with her father in the passenger seat lost control of her car Saturday afternoon and crashed into the rear of the The Square Peg restaurant at the corner of Miller and Water streets. The accident occurred just after 2:30 p.m.

Nobody was injured in the collision, and the restaurant wasn't even forced to close after the accident.

Police said the girl was headed west on Miller Street, at the intersection of Water Street, and was attempting to turn north on Water Street. When she saw another car approaching she panicked and told police she hit the gas instead of the brake. Her car jumped the sidewalk and struck the Water Street side of the restaurant, knocking down a wood and brick wall in the process.

Co-owner Amy Cary took it in stride after the accident, saying that nobody was hurt and the restaurant wasn't even forced to close.

"She didn't come into the restaurant," she said. "We didn't even have to shut down."

Ms. Cary was busy with customers and couldn't talk Saturday evening, but she and husband Joel closed the restaurant Monday so they could clean up and deal with insurance adjusters. The Square Peg was back open for business Tuesday.

The Square Peg

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