A car hit the dining deck on Main Street on Wednesday afternoon, causing extensive damage to one end of the structure and the temporary closure of a small section of sidewalk.
A Nissan Versa with a Florida license plate was left on the sidewalk along the rear of the vehicle and parts of the damaged Bangkok Thai on the main dining deck beneath the vehicle.
The accident was reported around 2:15 a.m. by the Park City Police Department and the Municipal Corporation Building Department. Yellow caution tape was placed around the dining deck, vehicle and a section of sidewalk at the site of the accident.
The police department said the driver was exiting a parking space on Main Street when the vehicle malfunctioned, possibly linked to the transmission. Police said the brakes failed due to a fault. As the vehicle rolled backwards, the driver turned the wheel in an attempt to move towards the sidewalk to stop instead of in the lane of travel. Nissan hit the dining deck in slow motion.
According to police, no one was injured inside the vehicle and no one was on the dining deck at the time.
Police said the driver was from outside Utah and that the car was rented.
Dining decks along Main Street take up roadside space where parking would otherwise be located. The decks offer al fresco dining during the summer and fall, drawing crowds at times. The dining deck has been seen as particularly important during the novel coronavirus pandemic as customers demanded seating outside and restaurant seating capacity was added amid public health orders.
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